Breaking Into a Conversation

If you walk into a room and there are conversations underway, you will need to break into a conversation.

Here are some ideas:

  • Take a deep breath, smile and walk towards a small group.
  • Don’t interrupt, but make a point to enter the conversation at the first pause, smile, and offer your hand.
  • Introduce yourself, and explain how you fit into the event. For example: ”I'm Joan Sterling, and this is my first time to the Alumni event. Bob Smith invited me to join. How long have you all been members?”

From the Expert

Avoid the following topics: religion, age, weight, inappropriate jokes, and marital status.