Thursday, July 9, 2015

How To Start a Conversation

STEP ONE: Think of something to say.
I know I'm not the only one who says Hi to someone and then doesn't know what to say next, so I think it's important to think of what you're going to say beforehand. It's helpful if it's something you may have in common or may be curious about. For example. if they're wearing a tshirt of your favorite band, that's what you bring up. Or, if they're in a shop that you also like (which is why you're there) you can talk about that.

STEP TWO: Go say Hello! (Or Hi, or Yo, or whatever it is that you say in greeting)
You already know why this is important in starting a conversation. I shouldn't have to explain it.

STEP THREE: Bring up the topic you thought of for step one.
This is what you prepared for in the very beginning! What you trained for! All you have to do is bring it up. Now, you can do this a number of ways, and typically you pick the way you bring it up in the moment. It's spontaneous!

STEP FOUR: Remember to listen!!
This is of vital importance! No one will want to talk to you if you don't listen to what they say. Participating in the conversation is also a lot easier when you're actually listening. Now, I know that I've occasionally been guilty of "zoning out" and not actually hearing a word the other person says. When that happens, just ask for them to repeat themselves. However, if you ask them to repeat themselves every time they say something they probably won't want to talk to you anymore. (That goes along with what I said previously about listening)

There you have it! You can now successfully start a conversation! If all else fails, just bring up the weather. Small talk is always a good starting subject if you can't think of anything else!

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