How to Break the Ice – by Bryan Daly


by Bryan Daly

A simple way to feel comfortable meeting new people.

Many times we are not sure how to open a conversation so we avoid one.

Have you ever felt awkward in social  situations, networking events? This is a great way to warm up to others.  This is a simple method that I have used for years and I have made many  new friends this way.

Start with a warm, firm, friendly greeting and a smile. Firm but never squeeze a handshake too hard. Make it about them not you. Treat them like a you would if they were a guest in your home.

We want to NETWORK not sell.

The difference is selling serves a relationship and networking builds a relationship.

Learn about others so you can help THEM -“Givers ALWAYS Gain.”

This works well in many social functions as well.


Think of the acronym FORM

“Always in good F.O.R.M.”




Message (what is important to them)



Do you live nearby? Do you have family in the area?

Are you originally from _____? How long have you lived here?

What do you like the most about ____?


How did you get started in the ____ business?

What do you like most about your profession?

What is the strangest or funniest thing you have seen?

What is a good referral for you?

Do you have a business card?

Recreation– Golf etc.

What do you like to do? Any hobbies Spare

Message- Say positive things about the group and brag about OTHERS

from Bob Burg


1. How did you get started in the ____ business?

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

3. What separates your company from the competition?

4. What advice would you give someone just starting out in the ___ business?

5. What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail?

6. What significant changes have you seen in your business over the years?

7. What do you seen as the coming trends in the _____ business?

8. What was the funniest experience you have had in your business?

9. What ways have you found to be the most productive to promoting your business?

10. What one sentence would you like people to use in describing your business

Always a Great question

What is a good referral for you?

3 Responses to “How to Break the Ice – by Bryan Daly”

  1. Thank You for this post! Even though I am an outgoing and friendly person, sometimes I have been at a loss as what a good ice breaker is. I am going to use this in my professional as well as personal life. Thank You again for sharing great material to help us all be successful!

  2. Corey Weiner says:


    Came across your organization on Linked In and watched your You Tube video.

    These sort of groups can sometimes benefit from an ad copywriter such as myself. My old office was in Mizner and am a South FL native.

    Interested in either interviewing you for an article r collaborating on a business article if we click.

    I write about
    Best practices, selling intangibles, contact-making, human capital management. Mostly, however, my views are unheard of in today’s business environment.

    Maybe we can speak this week? It’s too humid for a meeting 🙂

    No worries either. Not looking to sell writing, consulting, I dont sell coaching or anything else. I legitimately want to see if we click. Corey Weiner 713 570 6205

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