No, Really You Can Strike A Conversation With Anyone.

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No, Really You Can Strike A Conversation With Anyone.

The ability connect with strangers in any situation is essential in business and your personal life. This allows you to find common ground and build rapport with others almost instantly.

When you watch some people just naturally engaging with ease in conversation just remember it is something they learned.

With some practice and dedication you too can connect with anyone no matter who you happen to meet.

Use these tips to strike  up a conversation at a dinner party, at your school yearly parent social or simply while you standing in queue for your daily morning coffee.

1. Be Open

Don’t be afraid to meet new people every time you are out somewhere. Be open and willing to interact with the world around you, in any given occasion. In the business world go to conferences and other events and in your personal life never put down an offer to go out and socialise. The expression ‘he’s a people’s person’ is not an accident in the popular speech, people who like people, spend time with people,and get better at striking up conversation because they immerse themselves constantly in conversation.

2. Become a Storyteller

If only you met my grandfather, he was the best storyteller I’ve known. No account of his day was retold without flare , emotion and excitement. Everybody has a story to tell and tell it with emotion as it reveals your personal truth.  The human, emotional element in your story will create an instant rapport with your listener.

3.  Be a active listener

Telling your story well is only one side of striking a conversation. Be a good listener to other people’s stories too. Don’t just nod away absentmindedly  but ask the right questions. There is nothing more euphoric than spotting  a genuine, interested listener.

4. Uncover common ground

You don’t have to agree with everything you hear, yet don’t judge or criticise, just listen and when you find a common topic that you both like, because there will always be something you share in common, enjoy the rich conversation.

5. Courtesy is the fluid of conversation.

Good manners show that you are respectful, considerate and responsible. Make eye contact and smile. Give a firm handshake as you meet and before you leave. Show others how you’d like to be treated when it is your turn to speak. Without fail you will be among conversations that are almost always stimulating.

6.  Never stop learning

The best way to ensure interesting conversations is to know a little about a lot. Stay up-to-date on current events and news. Read blogs, newspapers and subscribe to magazines.  A little knowledge on gossip, trivia and current news gives you unlimited topics for conversations and use your knowledge to entertain, educate and engage your audience or listeners.

7. Never give up

At some point, you’ll meet someone with whom you just can’t seem to connect. You may not have anything in common or one of you may simply be having a bad day. Don’t let one setback discourage you. Keep your eye out for everyday opportunities to meet and connect with strangers. The more you practice, the better you will become at it.

Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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