Being in a car with a client does not have to be awkward or boring. Here are our suggestions to lighten the mood and have a good time while driving your rental car.
Bet on the children
It is a great way to bond. Hopefully, your client is proud of them and they will talk at length about their various achievements. Just don’t bat an eye when they boast about young Kevin’s passion for beetle fighting.
Politics is a no go, greenlight for culture
Just like at a Christmas dinner, you don’t want to broach any sensitive issues about politics or religion. It is just a prickly and sensitive territory. Instead, you can exchange views on the last book they loved or the last series you binge-watched. You might not agree with each other, but at least, you will not end up veering off the road.
Share good memories
No matter our age, gender or hair colour, we all have that one thing in common: the next holiday planning. Ask them about their future plans, no doubt they will grin from ear to ear. And if they don’t have any plans yet, you can still talk about their best holiday ever. They will certainly love sharing some fond memories.
Embrace the “Meow Generation”
If your client is young enough to know what a meme is, you might want to talk about the last viral video, meme or GIF you saw. Your coolness level will definitely rise.
Prepared to be surprised
What ’s your hobby? Here is another safe conversation topic. They will probably be flattered by your interest, and you might be surprised to learn this buttoned-up individual sitting in the car with you loves competitive dog grooming.
Ask them about their personal tastes
Depending of the relationship you have with this client, get them to answer silly questions, which is guaranteed to make you both laugh. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Pineapple on pizza: definitely yes, or total non-sense?
When in a car, talk about cars
It doesn’t have to be technical, but you can tell them about a road trip you recently took when you rented a car in Greece, and they could speak about the first car they bought when they were a student.
Bond over cooking
Food is a great topic of conversation because everybody loves food, right? Question them about their favourite recipe, their number one restaurant, or the worst food they have ever tasted.
It is okay to brag a little
Say you are driving through Prague and you happen to be an architecture buff. Tell them about the Kinsky Palace or the artistic significance of the Čechův Bridge, not only will they see another aspect of yourself, but they will also get some interesting stories to tell when they return home.
Make them laugh
Talking about the latest news can be tricky and even depressing. To keep it light, you could share with them unusual news and funny stories you have read lately, like this one: “Feminist disrupts psychic pig’s feeding time”. Honestly, who would keep a straight face?