I’m not an introvert by any means, but I do struggle with small talk. It’s especially difficult in a situation where it’s expected to take place like a conference or party.
Many of us are going to be face to face with each other in just a few short weeks at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference. I know the thought of being in a room with hundreds of others of teachers makes many of you want to lock the hotel room door and not even come out.
Believe it or not, even us extroverts think about these kinds of situations.
There are going to be plenty of opportunities to network with other people, and I will tell you from personal experience that you don’t want to miss out on these types of conversations. You never know how someone else can help you or how you can help someone else. We’re all in this together.
It’s great to find out everyone else’s name, store names, and where they’re from, but where do you go from there?
“Soooooo….do you like stuff?” is really not a good conversation starter. Why not try these 20 questions to find out more about the person in front of you.
- How long have you had a store on TpT?
- What are some of the things you struggle with the most on TpT?
- What is the one thing you’ve done on TpT that has had the most positive impact to your business?
- What are your goals with your TpT store?
- Are there any tools you use that make your product creation process easier?
- What would you do differently if you were just opening up a TpT store today?
- How do you market your products on TpT?
- What sessions are you attending at the conference?
- When do you work on TpT products?
- What types of products do you create?
- Who are some of the TpT sellers you most admire? Why?
- What’s the most successful product you sell? Why do you think that is?
- What do you think about the future of TpT?
- Do you communicate with other sellers outside of the forums?
- Do you use the TpT app? Like the Cha-Ching or not?
- What are you hoping to take away from the conference?
- Do you blog? How often? What do you write about?
- What content/grade levels have you taught in the past?
- Do you have any plans to attend any of the social events while here in Vegas?
- Have you ever seen a Vegas show? Which one is your favorite? (for the record the correct answer is Beatles Love @ the Mirage)
The conversation isn’t meant to be a job interview and shouldn’t be forced. It should be fun and light-hearted. No one wants to listen to a complainer either. Leave that crap at the airport.
Remember, the person across from you is likely just as nervous as you are. Have a blast at the conference, and I look forward to meeting everyone.
I’d love to see some other questions that could be added to the list in the comments. Post em if ya got em.