Want to make a good impression on that new friend, client, professor, or colleague? To kick off a good conversation, these four words always work: “Tell me about yourself.”
They make you look confident and smart, while encouraging the other person to steer the conversation. Conversations starting this way always succeed, especially if you pay attention. It’s fine if you talk too. Just don’t make yourself the subject.
(Also try: “Tell me about your work.”)