said 10 months, 1 week ago:
Thanks to @deblynch and @randithompson (great article BTW)
Great additions to this conversation. I think you are both showing how important it is to make this conversational and not promotional. We all get turned off at cocktail parties when we meet the schmooze who just wants to hand you a business card and sell you his latest gizmo. I love talking with people who show genuine interest in me. Conversely, I find people love talking to me when I show genuine interest. It’s a real turnoff, however, when they walk away when they realize I don’t necessarily want to buy what they have or I can’t help them get where they want to go.
The question, then, is how to extend cocktail discussions about sports, politics, cars, dolls, clothes or whatever people care about into real relationships (albeit virtual, although its far better when there is a face-to-face component, but that’s a different question).
What have you all done?