The dreaded word you’ll hear weekly, even daily, in this industry. It’s daunting and sounds like something that needs oodles of preparation and confidence.
That doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes it’s as much as a ‘hello’.
Still… not always a skill that comes easily.
So, I’ve compiled some top tips to make this whole ‘meeting new people’ thing a doddle.
1. Be BOLD
– Just go up and speak to them. What’s the worst that could happen? Don’t worry that they won’t speak back to you. They’re already not speaking to you! Change that.
2. Get down to business!
– There’s no need for small talk. You needn’t ask them how their day was. It’s not relevant – they’ve heard it a million times before! Get straight down to brass tacks and ask them something interesting.
3. Do you hear what I hear?
– Listen. There’s nothing worse than someone asking you a question, then not paying attention to your answer. It makes them think you don’t care.
4. ‘What big eyes you have’
– PAY COMPLIMENTS! People remember the negatives, so replace with a compliment about them. They will feel good about it and, therefore, remember you!
5. Find your common ground
– Talk freely to identify the ‘me toos’ that link you to that person; the things you have in common. It could be a person, a place, an instrument, a gig or a style of music. People naturally warm to others they are similar to.
Don’t be afraid. The next person you say ‘hello’ to could be your band mate, the band you manage, or the subject of the next review you write.
Find the courage and go say ‘HEY!’. Let the conversation flow and you never know… it could be the start of a beautiful friendship (or working relationship)!