Be a Conversational Wizard

We had quite the interesting conversation with Martin Krátký-Katz, CEO & Co-Founder at Blockthrough, where he shared some tips on establishing connections and creating new opportunities.

 
 

con·ver·sa·tion

ˌkänvərˈsāSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words

For entrepreneurs, all real conversations are focused on creating results. Too bad you can't just wave a magic wand and make people like you, 

ARTWORK: ADAM EKBERG

ARTWORK: ADAM EKBERG

You should know how to:

Keep a conversation going
" When going up to a total stranger, the best way to start is to have context you can remark about. Some tips: do your research, look at people’s history, think about what resonates with them. The ideal thing is to remark about something you’ve both experienced.

Now at networking events, the goal is to network, if you don’t have anything funny or contextual to say, there’s nothing wrong with saying:

Hey my name is [blank], what do you do?
 

Here’s a Useful skill:
Conversation threading (so you never run out of things to say): The ability to make a free-flowing conversation by injecting things that relate to your knowledge and experiences.

For example, if someone told you about a trip they took last summer, you have many directions you could thread the conversation. You could mention your travels or ask questions.

"A lot of people don't ask enough questions,

 
 

Don’t forget to ask what the person is interested in, what they want to talk about, the things that they’ve done, where they went to school, etc…

When in doubt and when you run out of things to say, start thinking about what you can ask: How long have you been doing this? What brought you into this industry? What did you study? Where are you from? What do you think of this event?

If you have a specific goal and want to direct your conversation in a specific direction, asking questions is a great way to do that. "

So it didn’t work out…
“It takes a bit of self awareness, knowing you may have been the reason why you weren’t able to establish a connection. So be more engaged, more excited”

We hope you learned something, now we'd like to leave you with a quote:

 
Being successful as an entrepreneur begins in a conversation with ourselves first, and then extents to others, focused on what we are passionate about, and the solutions we are bringing to market
- Martin Zwilling