How to Talk to Anyone?

How To Talk to Anyone, Anytime?

Do you feel uncomfortable during conversations with neighbours, co-workers, acquaintances or even  family members?

Do you want to be a better conversationalist?

Here are some tips for talking to anyone, anytime extracted from the article “Become a Better Conversationalist” written by Patricia Fry, ATMS which was published in December 2014 Toastmasters Magazine:

  • Express a sincere interest in the other person.
  • Ask meaningful questions.
  • Give compliments.
  • Listen.
  • Avoid debates.
  • Keep up to date on current events and issues.
  • Use humor.
  • Model someone whose communication skills you admire.

“If you know how and when to speak, and when to remain silent, your chances of real success are proportionately increased.”  
– Ralph C. Smedley

Here is a YouTube video about “How to Talk to People Without Being Awkward: 3 Quick Tips.”

  1. Be Genuinely Interested.
  2. Ask Open-Ended Questions.
  3. Be Willing and Open to Share.


Natural communication does not always come naturally.  A good place to practice your conversation skills is at your Toastmasters meeting. While the Toastmasters Competent Communication manual focuses on public speaking, many assignments in the Competent Leadership manual can help you practice one-on-one communication.

There is a related book with the title How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication written by Larry King.  The rating is 3.5 out of 5 selling at Amazon.

Practice is the key to helping you improve on your communication and presentation skills.  Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments.  You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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