lessons in etiquette

Starting a Conversation

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The art of conversation takes practice, and it’s not as hard as one may think. It will take knowledge, patience and time, but you can learn to relax and enjoy a great conversation.  Here’s a list some helpful hints on how to become a great conversationalist.

Be well versed on current events.  Make it your mission to be a generalist. Read local and national newspapers and magazines. Be up-to-date on current events in your country and around the world.

Questions?  People loved to be asked questions. Ask people for their opinions, ask what they think of various topics. Add what your opinion is; but steer clear of controversial topics.

Listen well.  This is a very important part of conversation. A good conversationalist is interested in what the other has to say, and can listen well. Pay attention to what is being said. Conversation happens in turns, each person taking a turn to listen, and then a turn to listen or respond.

Going to an Event.  Before you go to an event, think of a few questions you can ask to start a conversation. When you arrive at your hosts home, take a look around and inside their home, see what may be their interests. If your hosts, for example are interested in art, you most likely will see many paintings or artistic features displayed around the home.

Know when the conversation is over.  Even the best conversations eventually run out of steam. Shake hands with the other person, and be sure to tell them that you’ve greatly enjoyed talking with them. Ending a conversation on a positive note, will leave a good impression, and likely bring them back later!

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