I’m amazed at people who can easily go up to a stranger and start a conversation. I find it difficult. I never seem to know just what to say to get the ball rolling. Someone shared a trick with me and it has worked wonders for me…and that is to start the conversation with a compliment. It puts the other person at ease and opens the door to chit-chat.
Luckily, there usually is something that you can compliment a person on. Recently at a club, I approached a performer after a show and told her that she was on one of my all time favorite shows. It was an obscure talk show that launched her career. She was thrilled I remembered that and we had a long discussion about that show. That then lead into other topics, and we were off.