I came across a great ‘cheat sheet’ for networking for those who aren’t versed in holding a conversation with a stranger.
It’s from ThinkingSerious.com and called “12 Power Networking Questions“.
I believe 6, 8 and 9 may be getting a little too personal, but may work for some situations. My advice would be not to venture into questions that you would not be afraid to answer in front of a crowd.
Take a quick read and add your own.