I’ll never forget my first time.
No, not THAT first time.
The first time I attended a conference.
It was aaallllllll the way back in 2012. I’d just started my PhD (yes, I’ve been doing it that long…). I finished my office job for the day and got on the train in my business suit to travel out to a part of Japan called “ Gunma”. From the next day, I’d attend a two-day event at a school called Gunma Kokusai Academy.
GKA is an immersion school.
And they were putting on this big immersion education shebang.
On the first day we were shown around, followed by a typical presentation-style conference the next day.
All that was easy.
But in the evening of the first day…
… there was a formal reception party.
Now, I hate these things and avoid them like the plague. I’d rather sit at home by myself sticking pins up under my toenails. But one the main reasons I went was because I needed to find a school to do research at. And that meant talking to people who worked at schools. So went I did.
You can imagine it, can’t you?
I walk in the door…
And EVERYBODY has come in groups (or works at the school).
Then there’s me.
Little old me, all alone. Feeling like a bit of an idiot.
THIS is exactly the situation that Dan finds himself in in this week’s EES lesson (unsurprisingly, because the story is based on my experience).
“Chatting at a Conference”
… and we deep-dive into the topic of making small talk with total strangers in a conference/ formal event setting.
* Not sure how to start a question with a complete stranger?
* What to say to keep the conversation going?
* How to end the conversation before it gets boring and awkward?
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