Have you ever had this experience: You meet someone and you immediately forget the person’s name? Or what about this experience: You meet someone, and you are at a loss for what to say.
Some people find it very easy to meet new people. They have a way of establishing a quick rapport with the people they meet. Others find themselves struggling to connect with new people. If you are one of the people who find it difficult meeting other people, here are some things you can do.
If possible write down the names of people you meet. In a business setting you will generally have writing materials. Ask for correct spelling. If you don’t have writing materials, ask for a business card. Most of us remember names better when we see them written down.
If your uncomfortable starting a conversation, you should ask the person questions about their job, their experience or related questions. Often these questions can trigger a very useful conversation leading to important information about the person. If the meeting is in the person’s office, you might ask questions about items you see in their office.
Remember it’s easy to have a conversation with another person when the other person is doing most of the talking. Gradually you will feel comfortable in talking to the person since you have established some understand of each other..