Meet People! ...for business success and lifelong friendship
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Meet People! ...for business success and lifelong friendship

Build professional and personal friendships with easy introductions, interesting conversation tips, and graceful exits.
3.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
431 students enrolled
Created by Lorrie Hess
Last updated 3/2015
Price: $25
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Comfortably introduce yourself
  • Continue conversations with ease
  • Sidestep small talk blunders
  • Smoothly exit a conversation
  • Use new skills for developing professional and personal relationships
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  • You need to be ready to try some of the simple, proven techniques for introducing yourself and building relationships during your next interactions with others, especially at business and social events, in order to benefit from this course.

Do you want to expand your friendships, meet someone who can help your career, find yourself at ease with strangers, or increase your business referrals? This course will teach you how to introduce yourself to strangers, maintain interesting conversations, and learn to sidestep conversation pitfalls.

Meeting new people can lead to a new career, a new romance, more business referrals, and deeper friendships! You will learn to smoothly and easily:

  • introduce yourself to strangers
  • build better business relationships
  • develop deeper friendships
  • be at ease attending business and social functions

Develop the relationships you want and need so you can enjoy your time more at parties, conferences, civic/service meetings, ...and anywhere you find yourself in a roomful of strangers.

You can become skilled at developing valuable relationships through introductions and good conversations by trying these easy techniques. Real-life examples are used to teach the course, and cheat-sheets are available to download for even more ideas. The tips and techniques in this course are designed to give you success the FIRST time you try them.

The steps are simple, yet many people don't know what to do in a group of strangers, or they gravitate to people already known at social events. If you want to be the person who skillfully and easily develops new relationships through good conversation, this course is for you.

Learn good introduction and conversation skills; then watch your business and social life dramatically improve!

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you want new business relationships, more friendships, to learn techniques for leaving conversations smoothly, to make business and social events fun, or if you want to surround yourself with more people you know, like and trust!
  • You do not need this course if you already enjoy meeting strangers, easily engage in conversation and are a natural at deliberately seeking to further develop relationships with acquaintences.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Meet People: A Straightforward Method for Professional and Personal Friendships
2 Lectures 09:22

This course is most effective if you begin using the tips and techniques right away. Learn how to take full advantage of this course. This lecture also covers additional tools included in the course, flexibility in lecture structure, and how to contact me for questions and comments.

Take Full Advantage of this Course: It's More than Clicking through Lectures!

I once thought introductions were up to other people, especially when entering an established group. Then one memorable night, I realized waiting for other people to build my relationships wasn't working. That night marked the beginning of my journey to learn how to introduce myself, develop relationships beyond "Hello, my name is..." and become a person who looks and acts like it all came naturally - even though it didn't. This lecture tells you my story of that transformational evening - and insight which will allow you to leap ahead of those mistakes and be successful right away.

Preview 05:14
Assessment and Purpose
1 Lecture 02:24

This is not truly a quiz. It's a chance to self-reflect. Instead of trying to choose the "correct" answer, choose the answer which is most like your typical reaction. You will learn more from reading each answer and contemplating how each response fits, or doesn't fit, your interactions than you will from choosing the best answer.

Regardless of the answer you choose, you will be given an explanation for each question of how to move forward in your conversational skills. Feel free to "re-take" the quiz as often as you like in order to learn more about each type of response.

Self-Reflection: Your Current Conversation Skills
5 questions

Meeting people and developing strong relationships works better when both parties benefit. When your intent is to develop an authentic connection and become better acquainted with people you truly want to know better, it's much easier to introduce yourself and engage in conversation. This lecture focuses on the key goal of a professional or personal relationship.

Building Strong Relationships
Initiating an Introduction and First Conversation
3 Lectures 13:43

Anyone can learn these skills. I will show you step-by-step how to initiate a conversation and give you example questions for breaking the ice and starting a good discussion. Self-introduction and opening lines are the first steps to starting and maintaining a first conversation.

This lecture shows you a simple method you can use to introduce yourself. By following this method, you will find it easier to be the hero and initiate a conversation, show genuine interest in the other person, and have a better chance at remembering their name. There is a downloadable file attached with "opening lines" - examples of what you can say after you've introduced yourself.

It Starts with "Hello"

What if the other party does not give their name, or worse, what if you forget their name?! This lecture gives you tips on how and when to ask the other party their name, whether or not the other party gave it to you at your introduction.

Once you've introduced yourself, you need to be ready to initiate a conversation and begin building rapport. The initial conversation is the beginning of "Know, Like, and Trust" in your new relationship. Also included in this lecture are 3 easy tips for knowing what to say next.

Moving Past "Hello" - Opening Lines to Initiate Conversations and Rapport

Just saying "Hello" and allowing yourself to be part a conversation can change your life for the better. My friend, Ellen, found herself unexpectedly in a conversation with a stranger - which transformed into a strong business referral alliance. Listen to this short lecture to hear a true life story of how one conversation can change your life!

A Profitable Introduction. A True Story of how One Introduction Changed a Life!
Continuing Conversations and Building A Relationship
3 Lectures 28:21

Continuing a conversation with ease means finding additional topics to talk about once the first ones run their course. Avoid an awkward lull and instead expertly move to new topics using any of the four techniques taught in this lecture. With these conversational tools at your disposal, you will easily keep the conversation flowing and find yourself moving from strangers to acquaintances and beyond.

Preview 09:28

This quiz is part idea list and part brainstorming session. The objective is to think of places you go where you can be deliberately practice introducing yourself and starting a conversation.

Time for Action: Places to practice meeting people... and start relationships!
5 questions

There is a give and take feeling to a good conversation, where both parties learn something about the other, share their views, and begin to reveal their personalities. This lecture shows you how to ensure both of you contribute to the conversation and hear what the other party has to say. Common mistakes are revealed and solutions offered, so your conversations will grow new relationships in a positive way.

Taking Turns: The Secret to Connecting and Deepening a New Relationship

Sometimes your conversation partner doesn't say a whole lot. This lecture gives you tips on how to draw out more conversation in a natural, comfortable way. Your conversation partner may need more time to feel comfortable talking, and you can use these tips to ease the way.

Digging deeper when your partner isn't saying much
Pitfalls and Conversational Quicksand
2 Lectures 06:57

Once you start a conversation, you want to steer clear of topics which can bring it to a halt or reflect on you poorly. You might not think you would ever choose a poor topic, but it's easier to do than you may realize. In your first conversations with people, there are a few topics to avoid. This lecture covers five of them and also gives you a strategy for moving the conversation away from a poor topic if you find your partner heading there.

Topics to avoid so you don't squelch a budding relationship.

There is more than one way to ask a question. Innocently making assumptions in the way you word your question can lead to awkward moments and conversation derailments. Review this lecture for tips on how to keep from putting your foot in your mouth when it comes to ordinary questions.

Poor Assumptions.
Exiting a conversation with grace and style. Leave your partner wanting more.
3 Lectures 10:44

If you've ever found yourself clinging to one person for the entire event, then you know you are guilty of staying in one conversation too long. Conversely, have you ever been the person trapped by someone who will not stop talking? There is a way to transition out without being a jerk. Reach your objectives for meeting people and building relationships without being mired in one conversation until the event is over.

Preview 02:02

Leave your conversational partner with a positive feeling about you, themselves, and your conversation. This lecture focuses on three key points for exiting a conversation smoothly and gives you a downloadable list of handy exit lines.

Authentic Exits: 3 easy steps to leave a conversation with grace and style

Do you want more techniques for how to exit a conversation or segue into a new one? Sometimes you want to keep talking to one person while meeting more people. Other times, it just feels better to make sure your conversation partner isn't left standing on their own. This lecture helps you continue talking, meet new people, or exit a conversation without leaving your partner on their own.

When leaving is hard to do: Take them with you, and drop them off!
Summary and Additional Resources: You know what to do, so go meet people!
2 Lectures 02:04

This lecture is a quick summary of the key ideas in this course. Use it to lock in what you learned. You have the tools and techniques you need to meet new people and build the relationships you seek.

Lock-in Learning: You are ready to Meet People!

Additional resources for meeting people and developing strong relationships
Bonus Lectures
1 Lecture 06:47

The handshake is typical of an American greeting and can give a lasting impression to your handshake recipient. Many times people are unsure how to give a good handshake. This bonus lecture explains the fundamentals of a good handshake as well as addressing common mistakes. See if you are guilty of any of the common mistakes or if you are already a handshaking pro! Either way, you will benefit from a review of a good handshake technique.

Handshakes: No longer a shakedown, but just as important! Shake well and repeat.
About the Instructor
Lorrie Hess
3.3 Average rating
3 Reviews
431 Students
1 Course
Professional Speaker, Business Coach, and Online Instructor

Lorrie Hess is a professional speaker and business coach with over 25 years of speaking experience. Her speaking roles include corporate trainer, financial strategies speaker, motivational speaker, and trade show presenter. Her audiences have included executives, field employees, seminar attendees, and students. Lorrie's clients include Texas Bankers Association Foundation, Long John Silvers, Security State Bank & Trust, J.B. Hunt, Financial Women in Texas, Tyson Foods, Cyber-Ark Software, Independent Bankers Association of Texas Foundation, JR Collections, Kendall Insurance, and U.S. District Court –Missouri Eastern District.

As a Texas school board trustee, she speaks to student groups, district staff, and trustees across the State of Texas. Additionally, she presents pro bono for local leadership and youth groups.

Lorrie's experience includes over 17 years as a Certified Financial Planner, and her education includes a Master of Business - Finance, Coach & Leadership Training from The Coaches Training Institute, and over two decades experience as a small business owner.

Additional Background

  • One-on-One Coaching, since 2006
  • 15 Years Small Business Owner: Financial Planning & Investing
  • 6 Years Corporate Project Leader and Account Manager
  • Coaching Training Institute: Coach Training & Leadership, August 2011 & January 2012
  • Master of Business Administration, Finance, completed 1989
  • Certified Financial Planner®, since 1997
  • Accomplished Toastmaster-Gold and Competent Leader, Toastmasters International

Current Organizations

  • Fredericksburg Independent School District, Trustee: 2008 to present
  • Financial Women in Texas, Hill Country Group: 2012-2013 President
  • Fredericksburg Toastmasters, Toastmasters International: 1988 to present
  • The Rotary Club of Fredericksburg: 2011-2013 Vocational Service Director
  • Morning Rotary Club of Fredericksburg, member
  • FISD Community Education: 2009 to present, board member