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The Art of Conversation

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The art of conversation takes pracitce, and it’s not as hard as one may think. Despite the fact, that it does take an considerable amount of time and patience, but it’s certainly an assest to know how to start a conversation and to carry it through with style. Some people are blessed with a silver tongue, they can even converse to virtual strangers with ease, but for others it’s a little different. Here we will list some helpful hints on how to become a great coversationalist.

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. When you ask questions, be genuinely interested in what your asking. Ask about their family, or what is their interests? You’ll be sure to get a response! On the other hand, it’s rude and unmannerly to hound someone with a bucketful of questions.

Listen
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
talk, and then a turn to listen or respond. Many can easily forget this sequence. Too often one person will rule a conversation, whilst the other has to barge in, to say something. It’s wise to take a small break after you have said your bit, so the other can reply, and vise versa.

Going to an event
Before you go to an event, think of who may attend. Then think of a few questions you can ask to start a converstation. 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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4 Comments

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    ~Bryant
    February 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I love talking to people, but it can be so difficult sometimes to know what to say!
    These tips are great, I’ll keep them in mind!

    Thank you!

  • Reply
    Clare
    February 18, 2008 at 5:58 am

    ~Bryant, lovely to hear from you! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this article!

    Blessings!

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    Alice
    April 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I love your posts, and take so much of this wonderful advice to heart!

    I thought it might be worth pointing out the distinction between “your” and “you’re”. That little mix-up pops up in too many of my own emails, and such. I only comment because I am sure that so many readers, like me, would imitate your grammar as well behavioral advice. (I, for one, now pay much more attention to the who/whome distinction, thanks to this lovely blog).

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      Clare
      July 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

      Alice, thanks for the encouragement – it’s always wonderful to hear that readers enjoy this blog.
      I also appreciate you’re tip on my grammar. I’ll be sure to keep a better eye on that in my future postings! 😉

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