How To Break The Ice On LinkedIn

13 Conversation Starters That Actually Work

You’re scrolling through your LinkedIn feed when you come across someone you wanted to connect with but never had the chance.

Now’s your opportunity! You start writing them a message but then… stop midway and question yourself:

What do you say? How do you break the ice?

Don’t freak out; we’ve got you covered.

Here are 13 conversation starters to help break the ice, build rapport, and leave a lasting impression:

1. “I saw your post about X, and I was impressed.”

This is a great way to start a conversation about a mutual interest. It shows that you’re paying attention to what the other person is saying and that you care about what they have to say. Plus, it opens up the door for further discussion.


2. “I saw you were at X conference/event recently. How was it?”

This is a great way to strike up a conversation with someone who shares your professional interests. It shows that you’re keeping up with their career and allows you to learn more about their work.


3. “I saw your recent blog and wanted to share my thoughts.”

This is a great way to discuss a mutual interest or industry topic. It also shows that you’re a thought leader interested in engaging in meaningful conversations about important topics.


4. “I came across this article/video/resource and thought of you.”

Sharing resources is a great way to show that you value the other person’s opinion and expertise. It’s also a helpful way to keep them up-to-date on the latest industry news or trends.


5. “I saw that you’re in XYZ group – I’m also a member! It would be great to connect.”

It shows that you’re both interested in the same things. It also gives you an opportunity to start a conversation with them about the group, which can help you get to know them better.


6. “I saw that you’re working on XYZ project – I have experience in that area and would be happy to help out however I can.”

LinkedIn is an excellent platform for networking and building relationships with other professionals. When you see someone working on a project, reaching out and offering your help is a great way to connect with them. It shows you’re interested in their work and willing to contribute your knowledge and skills to help them. Plus, it’s a great way to build a relationship.


7. “Who are some of your mentors or people who have inspired you professionally?”

It’s a great conversation starter; you never know where it might lead. This could begin a deep conversation about people who have helped your prospect grow and learn professionally.


8. “I’m looking for recommendations for a good XYZ book – do you have any suggestions?”

One of the best ways to connect with someone on LinkedIn is to ask for book recommendations. This shows that you are interested in learning more about their professional field and allows you to start a conversation about something you’re both interested in.

If they recommend a book you’ve already read, you can share your thoughts on it, and if they suggest something you haven’t read, you can ask them why they think it’s worth reading. Either way, this is a great way to get to know someone better and make a connection that could lead to further opportunities down the road.


9. “Do you have any articles/podcasts/books you recommend on [topic]?”

Asking for recommendations is a great way to start a conversation with someone on LinkedIn. It shows that you are interested in the person’s opinion and value their expertise. Plus, it’s a great way to learn about new articles, podcasts, and other resources that can help you in your career.

When you ask for recommendations, specify what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking for articles on leadership, be sure to include that in your request. This will help the person give you the best possible recommendations.


10. “Do you have any advice for people just starting out in [person’s field]?”

It’s a common question, but it’s also a fantastic way to connect with someone on LinkedIn.

It shows you’re interested in their field and are willing to learn from their experience. It also allows them to share their knowledge and help you start your career. And finally, it’s a great way to start a conversation and build a relationship with someone who could potentially be a valuable connection.


11. “What has been the most rewarding part of your career journey so far?”

There are many ways to connect with someone on LinkedIn, but one of the best is asking them about the most rewarding part of their career journey. This question shows that you are interested in their success and want to hear more about their accomplishments.

It also gives them a chance to share something positive about their career, which can be a great way to build rapport. Additionally, this question can help you learn more about the person’s work history and what they are passionate about.


12. “What are some skills/strengths that you’ve been focusing on developing?”

This question shows that you’re interested in their professional journey and value their expertise. It also allows your prospect to talk about themselves, which can help them feel more comfortable and connected to you.

So next time you’re looking to make a new LinkedIn connection, try asking them about the skills and strengths they’ve been focusing on developing. You may find that it’s the perfect icebreaker.


13. “If you were a WWE wrestler and were about to take the main stage, what would your walk-on song be?”

While this question may seem to come out of the left field, we love asking this question at the beginning of our meetings. It helps to get to know each other, and we know they don’t already have a canned response. This helps to inject a little fun and personality into your conversation to stand out from the crowd.


That’s it!

Thirteen conversation starters to kickstart LinkedIn conversations.

Try one (or two… or all) next time someone pops up in your feed that you wanted to connect with but never had the chance.

To get started on conversational social posts, we have the info your need at Rockstar & Moon; click here.

However, if you are unsure how to get past the conversation starters without a pitch-slap…

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