The best and worst business pickup lines

Do you know how to interrupt a group graciously? Join a luncheon table? How about when to offer your business card?

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In the almost six years of running my business, Spark Media Solutions, I’ve learned how to make that business introduction quickly and often. I’m not always successful, but I do have a very good hit/miss ratio.

Here are the most successful techniques I use, plus others that have been recommended to me. I’ve also included a few techniques people think are good ways to introduce yourself, but really aren’t. When you’re done reading, please add your favorite and least favorite business pickup lines in the comments below.

Best business pickup lines

Approach a small group (two to five people) in conversation and ask, “What am I interrupting?” This is one of my favorite techniques, and it almost always works. You’re acknowledging that you’re interrupting, you’re being jovial about it, and, most important, you’re not derailing the conversation. That single line brings you into the conversation, whatever it is. As soon as they tell you what you’re interrupting, it’s your chance to respond and add to the conversation. Ta-dah! You’re in.

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