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:
To Become a Better Conversationalist
- Express a sincere interest in the other person.
- Ask meaningful questions.
- Give compliments.
- 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
How to Talk to People Without Being Awkward: 3 Quick Tips
- Be Genuinely Interested.
- Ask Open-Ended Questions.
- 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.
Practice is the key to helping you improve your communication and presentation skills. Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environment. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.
How to Talk to Anyone with Ease and Confidence
This video shows you a few conversation tricks and nonverbal tips that use both your communication and people skills to lead to amazing conversation and memorable first impressions.