MindYourBusyNess: FIND A REASON TO CONNECT

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FIND A REASON TO CONNECT


Are you able to enjoy your meetings with new clients, officials or contractors?

If this activity is dull and boring, then you need to learn the tricks to make it interesting.

Interest can be created in any conversation in spite of a boring agenda or theme. To do that you have to do some work even before you utter a word. There are simple yet effective techniques which can be applied for making a lively connection with anyone. It doesn’t take much of you time –only few seconds are required.

Given below are some such suggestions of pre dialogue warm starter techniques-

Look for similarities –Look towards the other person and find some platform where you can identify with him on the same level. It could be a simple thing like using the same type of gadget, garment, hairstyle etc. Better would be to find some similarity on one of the following grounds/level-

• Cultural
• Ethnic
• Interests
• Habits

Once you are able to find appropriate similarity, announce it in your opening dialogue. Don’t wait for other person to start the conversation. You take the lead to open the dialogue and establish contact on the basis of similarity found. You may be amazed to see how easily people open up and feel comfortable to talk to someone who is of the same type. However if the purpose of the meeting is to ask some favor from other party this technique may not work out. In that situation it is better to declare your real purpose first and then on the ground of similarity try to get help or soft corner of other person’s heart.

Look for uniqueness- The other approach is to look for uniqueness in other person. It may be a very simple thing like hair style, phone or vehicle number, spelling of name etc. Everyone feels a psychological boost when it is declared that he/she is unique. So find uniqueness and declare it to establish a contact with other person.

Starter line Can you co relate the meeting situation or any other item on meeting place with any phrase, quote, line of song/poetry etc. This can become a good starter.

VIP Treatment Each one of us craves for a V.I.P. (Very Important Person) treatment in all the situations. So when you use the stereo type words like ‘you look great /smart /beautiful /gorgeous’ etc., these do have their effect on other person. If you sincerely give importance to the other person, he/she will at least listen to your point of view in a more open way. So treat him/her like a V.I.P.

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