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Useful Tips For Turning Small Talk Into Meaningful Conversation
By Jillian Wong, 08 Dec 2015
Image: Muhammad Zamroni
There are situations where engaging in small talk is inevitable, but they don’t have to be painful and awkward affairs.
Business Insider has nine helpful tips to turn superficial chatter into meaningful conversation.
Have conversation starters ready
It’s not possible to expect deep, serious conversation right away, so it’s best to have some conversation starters on hand. Pinterest software engineer Tracy Chou suggests reading up on behavioral economics and pop psychology beforehand as they relate to human behavior, a subject that everyone has opinions on. Chou also recommends TED talks which provide interesting ideas for conversations.
Ask questions about topics the other person is interested in
Find out what the other person is passionate about and ask them questions about that topic. This way, you can progress from a “shallow conversation” to a thought-provoking one.
Don’t talk about the weather
Nothing screams conversation killer more than a discussion about the weather.
Don’t impose your beliefs on others
Don’t jump into conversations with the aim of forcing your opinions on others. Be open to hearing about other views and understanding different perspectives.
Read about the remaining tips here.
[via Business Insider, image via IMGembed]
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