Amazingly, few people know how to get conversations started. It really isn’t that hard if you have people who do more than post and run. Here are a few suggestions.
I love to ask questions and watch the responses. It can be a simple question that you feel many want to ask but are afraid of looking too dumb. Break the ice and ask it for the less experienced authors. Ask about new marketing ideas or news that has been released. Here are a few questions I have asked that usually get people talking:
- How do you overcome a plateau in sales?
- Has anyone seen success with a virtual book tour?
- What has helped you this past week in marketing/writing?
When I say that asking questions helps get conversations started, I stress that this only gets them started. You have to get a conversation really going to get some benefits from it. That means responding to comments and asking more detailed questions as people respond. It’s a conversation. Remember that.
Describe an Event
Share with other some place you went whether it is virtual or real. Maybe you attended an online event and want to get people’s feedback or just share something cool you saw. Maybe you want to share something new you learned. Could even be something funny that happened.
If you attend an event, talk about it and get others to contribute. They might ask questions or give their own opinions.
Play a Game
Sometimes it can be fun just to play a game. I do several word association games and then fun conversation can develop between people. It is fun and let’s people relax. The topic doesn’t always have to be so serious.
Think outside the box. Get creative. What can you think of that gets people talking? Maybe it is a trivia question or a joke. Maybe it is a fun fact. Find out what gets people talking without being the catalyst for World War III.