The next time you’re trying to start a conversation, don’t just go about introducing yourself the way everyone else does. It’s boring and you will possibly be forgotten in a matter of hours. So here’s what you should do. Forget about starting with clichéd conversation topics, light some verbal fires and be remembered for them.
Here are five awesome questions to get people talking:
You will be surprised at the number of people who’ll open up to you when you ask these questions. Asking about their life events and passions proves that you’re interested in them as a person, and you’re not just talking as a salesperson or a dull corporate. Communication should be about relationship building, and not merely transactional. Check out this link for more info on asking great questions.
Master the art of answering questions. Don’t straightaway agree with what someone says, but instead shoot them a well thought of reply. “How are you?” shouldn’t be answered with “Fine, thank you!”. Rather, try something like “This event is serving great coffee. I’m all charged up with the double espresso I just had. Is it just me or do you also feel like playing football here?” Basically, get people to tell you more than Yes or No.
Most people are afraid of being judged for speaking too openly in public (or in an overly familiar manner with a stranger). Don’t filter your words. There’s nothing to fear, in fact you’ll acquaint yourself much faster with someone if you’re being candid with them.
Pump in some stories when it feels like there’s a gap in the conversation. They don’t have to be your own stories or even those of people close to you. If it’s true and worth sharing, no one cares about whether it happened to you or your third cousin’s neighbour’s friend. Just narrate it well, a little enthusiasm never did anyone harm.
That’s all there is, really. Meaningful, unfiltered and exciting talk. Last but not the least, remain honest and genuine throughout. Here’s to hoping you have great conversations and meet fantastic new people!
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