Episode 23: How To Approach People And Have Incredible Conversations – Interview with Andrew Lovick

Create a positive impact…be excited to meet them, and they will reciprocate and be excited to meet you as well.

Andrew Lovick Design Draw Speak Christina CantersDo you find it difficult to approach people at networking events, parties or even just on the street? Communication skills expert and serial conversationalist Andrew Lovick is here to help!

I met Andrew (@Lovicksandiego) at Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San Diego, and was blown away by his energy, generosity and natural ability to really engage with people in conversation. I just HAD to get him on the show!

In this episode, Andrew and I talk about why it’s so important to practice approaching people, and what you can do to make it much less awkward!

Thanks also to Nik Parks (@Nik_Parks) from Launching Creative for sharing his Story from Studio! (Want to share YOUR story? Click here!)

In this episode you will discover:

  • Why there is a stigma behind talking to and approaching strangers
  • What’s the worst that could happen if we do get ‘rejected’?
  • Why we should practice approaching people, and how it can help you when looking for a job!
  • Andrew’s tips on how to not appear creepy when approaching someone for the first time!
  • Simple tips for starting a conversation with a stranger
  • Why we should be building HUMAN face to face connections – and how it can help you stand out from the crowd
  • What do to if you don’t feel you’re ‘clicking’ with someone and the conversation is stalling
  • Why sporting matches are a great place to practice your communication skills
  • …and much more!

Get in touch with Andrew:

Email him at: lovick.andrew1@gmail[dot]com
Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lovicksandiego

Challenge of the Week:

Strike up a conversation with someone in the lift (or elevator if you’re in America!). You may find that people are relieved that you are breaking the awkward silence!

What can you talk about?

  • Comment on an interesting item of clothing or accessory. Are they holding a bag from a store you like? Are they wearing a shirt with a sports team you follow?
  • Small children and dogs are perfect conversation starters. Children will probably stare at you anyway. Just ask them where they’re going! School? Sport? Playground?
  • Act dumb and ask “Which floor is …. on?” Pretty much everyone will respond if you ask for help!

I’d love to hear how you go! Just leave a comment below!


  1. Brandon Wilson says:

    You couldnt have picked a better person for this topic. Ive learned so much. Thanks!

  2. He seems like someone I would enjoy having a conversation with.

  3. Kirsten Lovick says:

    This made me happy listening to this podcast! You did choose the right person, my very own brother! I really enjoyed this because I’m currently an Interior Design Student at the University of Arkansas and seeing that you have created this show/site for students like me makes me excited to listen to all of your episodes!

    • Thanks for your comment, Kirsten! I’m glad you enjoyed the episode (yep, your brother is awesome!) and I hope you find the other episodes helpful as well. All the best for this semester :)

  4. Rob Mobberley says:

    Christina just had to drop you a line after listening to your podcast for the first time to let you know how great your production sounds. The clarity is brilliant and the way you inject the tunes is fantastic. Do you do that on the go or post production. Also loved the subject on this one – something i struggled with for many years – but then after forcing myself to overcome the fear and practice, now just find myself actually enjoying having the confidence to strike up those conversations. The big thing for me was the realisation that most people around you have the similar fears and that you can be the one that helps them open up and not feel uncomfortable.

    • I really appreciate the comment, Rob! Yes realizing you’re actually helping others feel less awkward is a great way of looking at it! I do the music post production. As I get more experienced I hope to eventually do it on the go…it would totally save time!

  5. nikparks says:

    Haha! Thanks for the opportunity to share my story, Christina.

    Awesome interview with Andrew! I got to know him at Social Media Marketing World—he’s such a cool guy.

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