Starting a conversation with a stranger can be intimidating. However, if you want to meet new people, you’re going to be tasked with doing some of the heavy lifting. Growing your business takes work. Networking is the first step.

If starting a conversation isn’t your strong suit, then you’ll need to step out of your comfort zone. The more you practice talking to strangers, the more you’ll be confident you’ll become. Confidence is a great quality to have in any business.

Here are five great openers to help you make new connections:

“How did you hear about tonight’s event?”

“I’m trying to make myself meet new people here instead of just talking to the usual suspects. Do you mind me saying hello and introducing myself?”

“What a beautiful venue. Have you been here before?”

“I’m tired of talking to my colleagues — I see them all the time. What are you guys talking about?”

“How do you know the organizers of this event?”