You. The person reading this. You have a cool background.
You've done something cool. You've experienced something interesting. You have much to teach me.
This is a fact.
There is a fascinating story inside everybody
But it takes a curious mind. Somebody who is truly curious to find it.
If you can become curious about the people around you
Meeting people becomes easy!
When you're standing in line with 50 fascinating people
How can you RESIST chatting with people to learn their stories and hear their thoughts? When you're at a coffeeshop and you see a cool laptop sticker, how can you resist asking about it?
This isn't a networking hack that you can use as a hack.
It's a way of life to build awesome relationships and get to know people. When you're genuinely curious about people the conversations come naturally.
Learn to be curious. And learn to network.
My favorite question to start a cold conversation at a conference: "Are you from around this area?" Almost always spurs an interesting conversation beyond just normal "I work for this company"