A conversation starter at most networking events, dinner parties or even your child's school/sport functions. However, is this the best way to build rapport? When the table is turned, do you remember the individual and are you likely to want to continue the conversation beyond the event? Sure, if you are looking to engage on a professional level but this article is referring to the principle of turning contacts into 'friends.'

This article suggests multiplex ties, a connection where there is an overlap from a different social context leads to a richer and more trusting relationship.

Something to think about at your next event.