Be Brave Engage :: Engage in Elevator Conversations

November 5, 2018

This week: Engage in Elevator Conversations > it’s not as awkward as you think. No, really!

We’ve all been there. The awkward ride in an elevator with complete strangers as you ride to your destination. The temptation to pull out your phone and mindlessly scroll is strong because we don’t really want to engage in a quick conversation with someone we’ll likely never meet again. But what does it look like if you do engage?


I’ve met some interesting people in an elevator and had some great conversations. Many times people are visiting from out of town and they’re keen to pick your brain on where to go. Other times, I’ve met a business person connected to someone from my city and it was fun realizing just how connected we all are.

I had a conversation with one of the Directors from a Board I’m on about engaging in elevator conversations. She said, “I’m game!” and would try it one day.

The next day before our Board meeting, she came to me and said she did an “Aleece” on the elevator and engaged in a conversation with a lovely couple from Newfoundland who were in Vancouver on a holiday. She was able to tell them about some great places to check out, encouraged them to visit Vancouver Island one day too (where she’s from), and had a great, lighthearted conversation with two lovely human beings.

Her smile said it all! It was a great, engaging conversation that connected people.

Are you game? Here are some easy tips to engage in an elevator conversation:

  1. Make eye contact, smile, and say “Good Morning/Afternoon.” You’ll quickly determine whether or not the other person is willing to engage.
  2. Have a neutral “go-to” question or comment ready. Something about the weather. A compliment about their bag or coat. Etc…
  3. If the conversation opens up, ask where they’re from and if they’re enjoying their visit.

That’s pretty much it and you’ll be on your floor in no time without the awkward phone glance.

Happy elevator engaging!