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English Communication Skill: Great Getting to Know You Venues

English Communication Skill: Great Getting to Know You Venues


It is all about relationship.  Communication and relationship.  People want connection with other people.  There is something wonderful about getting to know a new person.   That is especially true if you have had an encounter that gave you the intuition or gut feeling that you and this particular person would bond and might have a lot in common.

What to do when you are wanting to get to know someone better?

Here are some tips for getting together with a potential friend for the first time.  Perhaps it is someone you have met in a class, or at a work event, or through a friend. Or perhaps it is a date.

These destinations promote conversation.

Museums: Big open spaces like art museums give you the opportunity to walk around in a beautiful setting while getting to know each other.

Consider other kinds of museums such as a science museum, a transit museum, history museum, etc.  Chances are there’s a small, quirky niche cultural attraction in your area for exploring.

Restaurants: Choose a place that is relatively relaxed – where you can hear each other.  If it is a new restaurant, check it out in advance.  Consult with the other person for kind of restaurant. Preferences make a difference, such as vegetarian, gluten free, msg free.

Long walks:  A relaxed stroll through the city or a local park is great for conversation. You could do an outdoor festival, flea market, or farm stand.

Used books or music store:  These places provide plenty of opportunity to get to know a person.  Old records, used paperbacks, discounted CDs provide instant conversation starters to get you talking about shared interests, likes or dislikes.  Choose a place with a coffee shop or restaurant nearby so you can extend the outing and conversation afterwards.

Outdoor adventures:  If you are both nature-loving types, a hike, bike ride or trip to a lake makes a great get together and plenty of time to talk.

One word of warning.  There is a place that is a classic choice as the destination for a first get together – movies.  But with the purpose of getting to know someone, this place is difficult when you are sitting in silence through a two-hour show.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercises.



Rerun from Dec 17, 2014

Networking and Conversations

Networking and Conversations

Networking takes place during conversation.  Opportunities for conversations exist all around you – on airplanes, on elevators, in grocery store lines, at sporting events, conferences, and workshops.

Wherever people are, conversation is possible.

Anytime there is conversation, networking, or making connections and building relationships, is possible.

Conversation happens because some person takes the initiative to reach out, make contact, and generate an interaction or dialogue.

Opportunities are endless.  What gets in the way? People have a comfort zone that gets in the way of making contact and relationships with other people



Rerun from Dec 1, 2014

English Speech Skill: Subscription

English Speech Skill: Subscription


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Rerun from Dec 10, 2014

Important Principles about Small Talk

Important Principles about Small Talk

The principles of small talk are the same whether you are at a small dinner party, a wedding, a conference or corporate meeting.

The key principal is worth repeating: Be open and find common ground with the other person.  Always listen.  And do great follow-up questions.



Rerun from Nov 24, 2014

English Communication Skill: More Secrets of Talk Magnets

English Communication Skill:  More Secrets of Talk Magnets


Talk Magnets communicate so that other people feel comfortable and start and blossom seeds of relationships built on rapport.

The relationship is the foundation of social and work life.

Talk magnets will notice what surrounds another person, say a picture of an ocean setting, and start a conversation.  When they stumble on a topic of importance to the other person, they are willing to pursue it and reveal about themselves.  When you reveal things about yourself,  experiences, viewpoints, desires, you give the other person something they can respond to.

Talk Magnets listen to others and get to know them.  In the work place, that is how they get to know how to meet their needs.

Talk Magnets go out of their way to make people feel comfortable.  My brother wears a tie with little children on it.   The tie is eye-catching and fun.  It lets people know they can approach him and gives them something to talk about.

Women can invite people’s conversation with anything that is fun, unusual—a pin, earrings, bright scarf.  When we see someone with something unusual or fun, we know they are inviting conversation and it is okay to comment.

Conversational T-shirts are ice-breakers  We wear our opinions, ideas, and commitments across our chests.  We get them as gifts or  as “part of the event.”  In either case, they give others something to talk about.  I have friends who wear ones from art museums, music venues, amusement parks, and national parks.

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Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercises.



Rerun from 12/03/2014