The common question we use to break the ice, when you are at a networking event or just meeting people, is something like “So, what do you do?” And that question, for the most part, is awkward for people to answer.
Because many people might just not be ready or they might be plain uncomfortable sharing it. Or they might find it challenging to articulate it. And so, this sets us up for an extremely difficult icebreaker.
Is there any alternative question?
Ice-breaking questions are supposed to make the other person comfortable and not awkward. A better question could be something like, “Tell me about yourself” or “What’s new and exciting in your world?” These types of questions are more uplifting, and they give the other person an opportunity to respond in a way that makes the most sense to them. So, they could share a work update or a personal story or a recent vacation story.
The point is that this establishes a much warmer engagement and a great way to break the ice.