Lately I've been trying to do my openers a bit differently then traditionally. Instead of walking into a set opening and then going straight into the routine I have started doing something i call Approach, Retreat.
Here is an example of it.
Start opener as usual, in this example I open with a slight neg. (The HB has approached my table to talk to another guy, I bring myself into the conversation.)
Me: What are you drinking?! It looks gross! (she put a Starbucks cup on the table that had some kind of drink that was green in it :\)
HB: It's actually really good, it's green tea mango banana and strawberry!
Me: Green tea? It really sounds disgusting, want a hint? Try a chai.
HB: I get chai sometimes.
Me: Alright, well I have to go I'll see you around.
HB: Yea, alright (disappointed)
About 5 minutes later I see her get in line with a friend to get food. I get up and get in line next to her and start our conversation again.
Me: I hope whatever you are about to order isn't anything like what you had to drink.
HB: No I'm not eating she is (points to friend)
Me: Hey, I'm Tim nice to meet you.
Friend (F1): Nice to meet you too, Olivia was just talking about y----
HB: ----What! No I----
Me: ----Don't interrupt, me and your friend here were having a good conversation.
HB: (laughs) Yea whatever.
At this point I start my usual routine. Anyway, is this a good idea, or is it me just being stupid?
I closed with a number, but I'm pretty sure if i had more time and had isolated I could have kclosed.
*not my real name