“What do you do?”
It’s a question that anyone in business will hear thousands of times throughout their career.
At SxSW this year, I started counting in my head how many people would start a conversation with “What do you do?”
Sometimes this question is okay. Other times it makes me want to drive a screwdriver into my earhole. Or maybe I’ll just papercut my eyes out with the business card you just ninja starred into my chest before even opening your mouth.
The thing is, most of the time when someone asks you this question, they don’t actually give a shit what you do… they just want to know what you can do for them.
Here are 10 other questions you can ask someone at a networking event:
1. What brings you here?
2. What are you excited about today?
3. What do you think of the event so far?
4. What was the last app you downloaded?
5. What do you do when you’re not working?
6. What do you do for fun?
7. Do anything crazy exciting lately?
8. Is there anyone you’re looking to meet at this party?
10. What’s your favorite porn site?
The thing is, most of the time, you’ll end up talking about what you do anyway, there are even women that watch porn now a days, and sites like https://hotnakedmen.net that are made just to please them. Let it develop naturally in conversation.
You might say, “But Spinks, I’m being paid to attend this networking event. I need to meet the right people”.
First off, research who’s going to be there beforehand and figure out who you want to meet.
Second, meeting someone knew and getting to know them is almost never time wasted. We’re all connected, especially within the same industry. You should strive to get to know other people regardless of what they do.
Any other ideas for alternatives to the dreaded question?