Business lines can be tricky. Let’s face it, they are the brunt of many jokes in the non-business world, so why would they be a good idea within it? Forbes addressed this in 2012, and Business Insider in 2013. Pickup lines can be beneficial, but the delivery must be carefully anticipated, and the ideas conveyed must fit the situation. What works in one situation will seem out of place in another. Because of this, one cannot simply go around quoting pickup lines in business or anywhere. At times, a pickup line may do the trick, at others, it will only serve to make the deliverer look (and feel) out of place. So, what should you convey when first meeting a potential client whom you wish to impress? Well first, you have to start up a conversation. Here are a few pickup lines that can do that for you.
- “Is it okay for me to join you?” If there is a potential client or group that you want to pitch your ideas to, you might use this question to add yourself to their group. This can be used at luncheons, meetings, conferences, or wherever a group of people may be gathered. You may want to smile at them and nod your head slightly when asking…this encourages the listener to agree with you and feel comfortable doing so. Of course, be sure to strike up a conversation upon joining the bunch, otherwise, the awkward silence that follows could destroy your chances of making a good first impression.
- “What am I interrupting?” This also works best when approaching a crowd at a conference, luncheon, etc. Say this with a smile as well…so it doesn’t sound accusatory. This question injects you into the group without making you look as though you are attempting to take over a previous conversation. In most cases, the group will share what the subject of conversation was, and voila! You’re in.
- “I’m talking to those who seem intelligent and outgoing….” This line is good when you want to approach a person for an interview, photo op, etc. Say it with a smile and chuckle. In most cases, the person will laugh back with you. You have placed them at ease and complimented them all at once. In many cases, they will blush a bit and laugh it off, claiming that they aren’t really that smart, etc… insist that they are and continue with your conversation.
These are a few of the best pickup lines for business. Next week we will look at a few more great business pickup lines, and explore a few that are not so good. Of course, making a good impression is important in business, and using good opening lines is a way to impress. Other ways to impress potential clients and others include doing quality work, having remarkable employees, and working from a dedicated office. Shared office spaces such as Offix make it possible to accomplish these goals much quicker at less costs to you and your business.