Not everyone has the exact same interests as you. They don’t always want to talk only about what you like. To be successful in networking, it is important to be able to talk about things that you are not that familiar with.
It’s Not All About You
All discussions do not have to be on topics that you enjoy or are familiar with. It shouldn’t have to be that way because all you want to talk about are things that interest you. The world doesn’t revolve around you or you wouldn’t have to network. You need to let others know that you care about their interests and are willing to talk about them.
Learn Something New
It is always fun to learn about something new. In networking, you always have that opportunity. Let’s say that someone is talking about going fishing for the weekend. If you don’t know anything about fishing, now is your chance to find out. Ask them where they go, what kind of fish they are looking for, and their fishing methods.
Show them that you care about their interests. That will get their attention and have them talking to you. Before you know it, they’ll be asking you about your interests. If you want people to notice you, you have to notice them.
You might even find ideas to use in a future story by talking to them about their interests..
Consider it Research
As you network and ask people questions, consider it research for future stories. If you ask questions about fishing, make notes. You might have a scene where this will come in handy. Also, make notes on who you were talking to about this in case you need to ask more questions.
I do this even when I hear that someone is traveling to a place I have never been. I ask questions. They enjoy the fact that I am interested in what they are doing while I enjoy the fact that I’m filling up my resource notebook for future stories. It is great fun.