Over the past few years I’m not entirely sure how many networking events I have attended, but it’s certainly more than 100.
I’ve not been involved in many ‘speed networking’ events, but whilst attending a fairly informal business event last night (on a Friday night) there was a short speed networking section, which was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of new people.
However, over the course of 30 minutes or so I was asked “what do you do?” as the very first question to open our conversation 5 or 6 times.
I’m not sure what your experience is, but I think it is the worst question to start a new conversation with. There’s no doubt that it will come up in conversation eventually, but it’s a terrible first question. Here’s why: