The best way to get your guests to open up is to ask them for a few quick questions about the topics they are discussing.
Here are three things you can do to make sure your session goes well: 1.
Ask about the topic.
“What do you think about that?” isn’t a great place to start.
If your guest has never been in a formal conference setting before, try asking about it.
If you are the host and you are an expert in the field, you should be able to give a basic summary of the topic to them without getting bogged down in too much detail.
You should also ask about their level of expertise, their personal experiences, and whether they have been in or around the conference before.
Ask a few questions to get to know them.
This is also a good time to ask questions about your guest’s personality and what they are looking for in a mentor.
If they have never been a mentor before, it is a good idea to ask about that as well.
If someone you know has mentored someone before, ask what they liked about that experience.
Make sure you get to the real point of the conversation.
Many people like to skip this step, but it’s often the first step in getting them to open their mind.
Ask them about the content they want to get from the conference, or ask them about something they are passionate about and want to hear more about.
If it is about a topic they have already attended before, you can ask them a few more questions about that topic.
For example, if you are asking about the current state of the field and the people who are leading the charge, ask them what they think about the conference itself.
Ask for a specific question to be asked to the person you are mentoring.
The best time to do this is the end of the session.
If there is a deadline to attend, this can help keep things moving along.
The more you can get them talking about what they want out of a conference, the better.
Ask to be invited back to a session.
This can be done either at the beginning of your session or in the middle.
Ask your guest to invite you back for a follow-up interview or, better yet, ask for a personal mentorship.
Remember, it’s always better to get a guest to open than it is to have them not open up at all.