Either professionally or personally, the ability to confidently and naturally meet and greet someone is an important skill. When you meet a client, a colleague, a friend for the first time, aim to create a rapport, by showing interest in the other person – try asking a mixture of open and closed questions to get to know someone. Ease into a conversation by encouraging the other person to talk about themselves, then share your experience or response to the same question. When you ask questions to get to know someone, you must be sure to listen to the answers, and perhaps have a follow up question to ask. The way you ask the question is also crucial – your body language and tone of voice will give you away if you are only going through the motions.
Below is a comprehensive compilation of conversation starting questions to get to know someone.