As we saw in last week’s article, business lines can be tricky. As noted, 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 more pickup lines that can do that for you, and we’ve added a few more that you never want to use.
- Compliment something about them. This is as old as the hills, and honestly, pretty obvious, but it still works. That is because people do not usually wish to appear rude by not responding positively to a compliment. Brag on their clothing, ask where they bought their watch, flatter them in some way, and the conversation is open before you know it.
- Ask what their interests are. In many cases, when you approach someone in the business world and ask about their interests, they will reciprocate. Listen as they share about their business/service/product, and then they will listen as you share how your business/service/product can benefit them.
- You may also ask them, “What brings you to today’s event?” This question will usually bring about the same results; they share, you share, and everyone benefits.
Those are just a few business pickup lines which are great to use when at conferences, events, luncheons, and pretty much any other place where you’d meet potential clients. Always remember the basics – to smile, compliment, make the feel comfortable, shake hands and look them in the eye. First impressions matter. But what makes a pickup line horrible? Let’s take a look.
According to Forbes, a pickup line is a terrible idea if it is so over-the-top cheesy that it invokes an immediate grimace or ends with you getting slapped. Another way to know if your pickup line is bad is if it has been overused and has become boring. This is true of both relationship pickup lines and business ones. The article shares that a lot of bad business pickup lines are found in cover letters. Often, a cover letter and resume are the first impressions you give. Let them say more about what you can do for the company or client than what you want them to do for you.
As stated in last week’s article, having a dedicated office to meet clients and customers is another way to make a good first impression. It is much easier to exude confidence and impress others when you can meet them in an office building instead of at a home office or in a coffee shop. Offix offers shared office spaces with all of the bonuses of a commercial office building, at a fraction of the cost. We’ve even added a few extra amenities like cleaning service, 24/7 access, and more.