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How to Keep a Conversation Going: Know The Best Steps


Conversations are the most important part of communicating in our everyday lives. It is very important to learn to keep our conversation interesting and clear as it directly reflects our intellect. A conversation whether formal or informal has different sets of rules and modes of conveyance. But the most important aspect to both includes sending the correct message with the right use of language. When indulged in a formal conversation it becomes extremely important to leave out sensitive topics in order to avoid disagreement whereas in an informal mode try not to hurt anyone’s sentiments while trying to prove your point.  Here are some tips to help with both forms of conversation.

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Avoid small talk.

 

Rather than picking up everyday topics with not much to discuss like weather etc.   It’s better to pick topics with more relevance.

 

Try to get some information about the individual’s interest prior to the meeting, (useful in case of formal meetings.)

 

It is always good to do some homework when it comes to formal meetings for understanding the individual better as it helps gear up your chances of association.

 

Keep the conversation open-ended.

 

An open-ended conversation always keeps you open to welcome new ideas and at the same time, it allows the other person to express freely making the conversation more interactive.

 

Be attentive and try to keep the other individual interested.

 

Tapping your phone or looking around always distracts and gives away the feeling of neglect even when not meant.  Always make sure to stay attentive while conversing.

 

Avoid debate or extreme disagreement rather balances the conversation by weighing both opinions.

 

Keeping an open mind helps look at the bigger picture rather than concentrating on proving your own point.

 

Avoid sensitive topics.

 

It is to make sure that no one’s sentiments are hurt or their beliefs questioned.

 

Try to keep the conversation very general avoiding the use of jargon from your own area of study or understanding.

 

Having knowledge about a particular subject is always impressive but while indulging in a conversation with people from different areas of study it is always appreciated to avoid the use of jargon which might hamper their understanding.

 

Non-verbal communication is equally important to make sure your expressions aren’t contradictory.

 

Rolling your eyes or clicking your tongue motioning signals contradictory to your conversation always gives a negative effect to the conversation.

 

Appreciating and smiling when required keeping the other person enthusiastic throughout.

 

Nodding and smiling is always pleasant while conversing.

 

Seek permission or agreement before enquiring about personal information.

 

Not everyone is comfortable talking about their personal lives it is always better to seek permission before delving deep into someone’s life.

Indulge in different areas of conversation with different age groups and deal with each of them accordingly.

 

Each age group has a different level of understanding it is always necessary to bring up topics that are most discussed or enjoyed by a specific age group. For example, you cannot ask an old man about what games he usually plays however it would be an appropriate question for a toddler.

 

Try to stay cheerful throughout using little irony to maintain a pleasant conversation.

 

Never get offended over simple jokes or ironic comments. Use humor wisely.

 

Exchange of pleasantries should be courteous and short.

 

Sometimes while engaging in pleasantries the conversation gets lost so it is always better to keep them short.

 

Try to initiate a conversation if the other person seems too shy to talk.

 

If it takes too much time for another individual to get comfortable in the convention try different methods of conversation or pick another topic.

 

If unaware about a certain area of interest or topic politely request the other person to either change the topic or give you a better understanding of it.

 

If you are not comfortable talking about a particular subject introduced by someone else politely ask about the same or request a change.

 

If for any reason the conversation starts getting ugly, try engaging in some other topic of conversation avoid an argument especially when in public.

 

Never engage in an argument that might attract public attention or create chaos.

 

Do not try to cut through someone else’s conversation deliberately or otherwise.

 

Let another person finish before talking.

 

When the conversation starts to seem dull or exaggerated try offering food or drinks and start with the conversation afresh after a short break.

 

Take a break when unable to keep up with the conversation.

 

Never leave any individual feel left out or avoid them especially when you are the host.

 

Try engaging everyone to participate in a conversation.

 

Have a firm grip over your language, pitch, and grammar.

 

Your message should be clear and correct.

 

Some interesting topics to discuss:

  • Philosophy
  • A new movie or book
  • Any trending app or idea
  • Sports
  • Hobbies
  • Social events
  • Cuisines and cultures

 

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