Although it's something everyone does every day, having a conversation with another person can be one of life's most dreaded and awkward encounters. And with the holidays around the corner, you may find yourself in several conversations with people you've just met (or know and don't like) at office parties and family gatherings. Thankfully, The New York Times has now asked NPR interviewer Terry Gross for her tips on how to get better at talking to people (check the link for more):
- "Tell me about yourself" is the only icebreaker you'll ever need. The beauty in opening with “tell me about yourself” is that it allows you to start a conversation without the fear that you’re going to inadvertently make someone uncomfortable or self-conscious. (For example, you might say "What do you do for work?" to someone who isn't employed at the moment.) Posing a broad question lets people lead you to who they are.
- Be curious about the other person. That means you should genuinely want to hear what the other person is telling you about themselves.
- Be funny (if you can). If you can’t be funny, being mentally organized, reasonably concise and energetic will go a long way in impressing people.
- Pay attention to body language. Try to pick up on when you may be losing someone's attention.
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