For decades, I have enjoyed starting conversations with strangers.
I had a mentor, Bill, who helped me to develop this craft. He was great at it. He could walk into any situation, start a conversation with someone and usually made them laugh. Everyone loved him. He made a great first impression.
Bill was a former football coach. And one of his favorite ways to make people laugh was to poke a bit of fun at his background. He would say, “You know, there are only two kinds of coaches. Those that have been fired – and those that are going to get fired.”
That line was particularly hilarious when Bill said it to a stranger at a restaurant one day. Although Bill didn’t recognize the man at first – he soon knew who it was. He had expertly delivered that one liner to Mike Ditka – who was later fired by the Chicago Bears as their head coach.
I basically tried to duplicate what Bill did until it became my second nature. I have always considered it my goal to make people smile and laugh. Even if they never do business with me, I think of it as a personal victory if I have made their day better.
I read a good article about first impressions that I thought you would enjoy. It is from Fearless Selling.
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