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Mastering the Art of Conversation

Mastering the Art of Conversation

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Whether you want to win over a roomful of people, exchange important ideas, or simply have an interesting talk with the person sitting next to you at a party or other gathering, good conversation is a critical social skill. Even if you weren’t born with the gift of gab, mastering the art of conversation can be easier than you think—if you use a few simple tips and techniques for breaking the ice and communicating with others.

Conversation Starters

Getting the ball rolling can be the trickiest part of any conversation. Here are a few tips to take the lead in starting a good conversation:

Keeping the Conversation Going

After you’ve kicked off the conversation, the real communication begins. Here are some tips for keeping the discussion flowing:

Bringing the Conversation to an End

Wrapping up a conversation takes some social skill, as well. Here are a few tips for ending a conversation gracefully:

Mastering the art of conversation takes a bit of practice, but it offers many rewards. By learning to strike up and carry on lively discussions, you’ll feel more comfortable in any work or social situation and gain more pleasure from the company of those around you.

by Dr. Jeff St. John