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I have once find it hard to start conversation with people I met for the very first time. I often wonder, how do I begin the discussion? What will I say to keep the conversation going? So many others too have had similar thoughts.
Shyness, lack of confident, low self-esteem are common reasons why people find it hard to start a conversation. You can overcome the challenge and improve your conversation skills. How can you do so?
Begin at Home
Like they often say charity begin at home, so to improve your conversation skills, start by learning it from the home. As human we tend to talk with those whom we care about. Therefore learn the act of caring and honestly show your sincere interest in others. If you do, you will be more keen to have meaningful and refreshing conversation with them.
Start a Conversation With a Stranger
I remembered a song in the movie red riding hood with the phrase “never talk to strangers”, but that shouldn’t be in all cases. It is very normal for people to hesitate in starting a conversation with others. Think about this, someone whom you meet for the first time in a store to purchase an item from can be a stranger. You haven’t met such a person before but because there is something the person has which you need, you approached him. You can also decide to talk to someone new like you needed an item from him.
You can start by displaying a warm smile and saying a friendly greeting. This will put the other person at ease. And if a conversation starts, you should use discernment.
Discernment will help you to know what to say, when to talk, when to be silent and listen to the other person view or opinion on matters. Never interrupt him.
To keep the conversation going, make discussions in the interest of the other person. Never talk about yourself much except you are asked.
Make sure you talk about things that interest the other person. Let the person see it that you have his own interest at heart and you are someone worth talking with.
Make sure you commend and encourage the individual if he tells you something he loves doing well. Maintain eye-to-eye contact but never stare at the person in a way he feel uncomfortable.
You should never make or receive calls, send or receive messages during a conversation unless it is very necessary and important you do so. It a sign of disregard when you focus attention on your mobile device during a conversation.
Face-to-face communication will help you improve in your conversation skills, so therefore make it an aim today to talk to people face-to-face and not with electronic media.
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