Finding it difficult to relax your vocal chords, when you need to strike a conversation? Read on to know how to master the art of conversation.
Freely express yourself, whatever it may be. You may be sitting in a room, full of right wing conservative people, for whom the Communist Revolution was the dance of the Devil, but if you support the labor party, express it freely. Not only, will you strike up an interesting debate, you will perhaps also be regarded highly, for having had the courage to be different from the crowd. Since people don’t come across honesty very often, most of them welcome it, when they see it. Expressing one’s opinion in a positive, non-threatening, non-patronising manner is a quality that, most leaders swear by.
Listening is also an integral and, often overlooked, part of making effective conversation. Many a times, people who are none the wiser about art of conversation misinterpret, what is spoken by others, ending up losing the friends, they have instead of making any new ones. If you listen to people with sincere interest you will understand the true meaning of what they are saying, rather than running the risk of opening it to all kinds of meanings, intended and unintended. It will lead to less misinterpretation and, consequently, less misunderstanding.
Benefit Of Doubt
Most people don’t really mean to harm anybody new with their words, even if it might seem like they’re trying to be offensive. So, give them the benefit of doubt for their words, even if they sound ambivalent. This gesture will prove that you give people respect for who they are and are not unnecessarily judgmental.
Keep in mind the flow that a conversation is supposed to follow. The first part of is the small talks, which includes exchanging pleasantries, inquiring about family members and others. The second part will merge all small talk into the main topic or purpose of the conversation, be it business or sharing of personal views. In the third part, all these views, opinions and so on will flow into a satisfying end, acceptable to all parties involved. Follow this flowchart, to make effective conversations effortlessly.
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