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20 effective pick-up lines for trade shows and events

As an exhibitor, it’s your mission to get in touch with trade show visitors. Yet, it isn’t always easy to start a conversation with people as they walk past your stand. Most people don’t take initiative when it comes up to start a conversation. This is where your skills as an exhibitor come in: you have to get out there and separate the wheat from the chaff.

But how are you going to approach random people? By using catchy, funny and attentive pick-up lines it will much easier to break the ice. So, get rid of the ‘can I help you?’ questions. It’s time for some fresh inspiration!

Catchy pick-up lines

The best business pick-up lines are catchy, personal and a bit disturbing. It takes quite some self-confidence but makes the most impact. Even the ones who feel slightly uncomfortable won’t be able to suppress a smile.

  1. Hi! I think I lost my colleague. Can I borrow yours?
  2. Can I give you a tip? The cookies on this stand are outrageously good.
  3. I’m looking for a good conversation. Can you help me?
  4. How does it feel to be the most intelligent woman at this exhibition?
  5. (Name on the badge)! Finally, you found us!
  6. Excuse me, do you know what time it is? -  Excellent! Time for coffee.
  7. I bet with my colleague that I will have collected more leads than him before 11 am. Can you help me?
  8. Today I’m only addressing seemingly intelligent people. How are you doing?
  9. Excuse me, you almost walked past the showpiece of this show!
  10. Do you like music? Good. Because my offer is like music to your ears!

Engagement pick-up lines

Everybody likes receiving compliments, giving their opinion or answering practical questions. Showing interest in someone’s look, opinion or general knowledge creates a positive vibe and usually leads to great conversations.

  1. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you like our stand?
  2. I absolutely love your shoes!
  3. What’s the best thing you’ve seen all day?
  4. I’m about to go for a walk around the exhibition. Any recommendations on where to go?
  5. I’m looking for an honest opinion. What do you think about my new suit?

Short pick-up lines

These short pick-up lines are perfect to get creative with. Challenge visitors with curious dilemma’s, show them that you’ve noticed them before or ask a simple question to create interaction. The trick is to keep it short and simple.

1. This is the second time I’ve seen you today! 

2. I’ve got a question for you.

3. Choose: Green or orange?

4. Hey, have you seen this?

5. Are you in a hurry?

Just do it!

Many exhibitors rarely cross the borders of their exhibition stand. So, get out there and bring some of these pick-up lines along. You will stand out of the crowd and make people smile (uncomfortably, or not). Guess who’s leaving the exhibition with most leads?