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English Communication- Keeping a Conversation Going

English Communication- Keeping a Conversation Going

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For great conversations and satisfying conversations, memorize these questions:

  • “What do you think?”
  • “How did you become interested in…?”
  • “I am considering taking up _____ (yoga, weight lifting, tennis, meditating, scuba diving).  Would you recommend a class or individual lessons?”

These questions focus on someone else’s expertise and experience.  Putting the focus on the other person, shining the light on others is a way to feel more comfortable and make the other person know he/she is valued, appreciated.

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Rerun from 10/15/2014

Rapport- How to?

Rapport- How to?

How to get to that sweet spot of building mutual warmth and walking the same page with your audience?

Answer: Put their needs and interests ahead of your own.

You don’t ignore your own needs, but put the spotlight on their needs.

For example,  if your audience has been listening to hours of speeches all day, give them a gift and cut your  60-minute speech to 20 minutes.  Yes, you get your message to them, they get a respite AND they will love you for it.

 

 

Rerun from Sep 24, 2014

English Communication- Get Ready to Start a Conversation

English Communication- Get Ready to Start a Conversation

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Do you want to be a good conversationalist? Prepare several topics of conversation before you head out for a meeting, reception, social gathering, or meal.

Here are some general subjects you can personalize or adapt to your situation:

  • Sports (national, international, local)
  • Weather (the good, the bad, the surprising)
  • Local events
  • Film and art festivals, community theater
  • Traffic/travel/parking problems
  • Latest movies (Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes)
  • Best-selling books
  • Magazine articles
  • News stories
  • Hobbies (cooking, collecting anything, making anything)
  • Holidays (Chinese New Year, Halloween, Labor Day, Christmas)
  • Schools attended (from grammar school on)
  • The location you are in
  • The event you are attending
  • The host or hostess

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Rerun from 10/08/2014

Rapport- Pure and Simple

Rapport- Pure and Simple

What makes you different from a robot?  You can grow rapport with the audience.

What is the goal of rapport?  A feeling of mutual warmth and the sense that you’re on the same wavelength and mind frame.

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Rerun from Oct 1, 2014

English Communication: How To Be a Great Conversati

English Communication: How To Be a Great Conversationalist

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Conversation is the basis of communication. It establishes rapport and connects us to our colleagues, clients, co-workers, friends, family. Confidence in your ability to converse makes you better in your work relationships and personal relationships.

Susan RoAne made a survey of what she called, “ConverSensations”, people who enjoy conversation and are very good at it. Seventy-five percent of those people reported that either they were shy or had been shy.

It all boils down to the simple truth that there are barriers in every person to satisfying conversation.

So in the next several blogs, I’ll present some tips for bolstering your conversational skill and confidence.

How did 75% of Susan RoAne’s ConverSensations who considered themselves shy work through their discomfort?

One way was focusing on others. First you can melt the ice by focusing on the event. Then reveal a bit of information about yourself. Remember, everyone has childhoods, hobbies or interests. Many have children, have taken trips or vacations. These are rich topics to talk about.

Another way these people worked through their discomfort was acting like the host. In other words, they made sure everyone was at ease, introduced and felt welcome.

Sharing a sincere compliment is one way to begin or contribute to a conversation. People love hearing that something about them is appreciated, valued, or noticed.

Here is another tip. Good conversationalists have plenty of outside interests to talk about. They may play football/soccer, love movies, traveling or listening to pop or classical music. But hear this: Most important, good conversationalists can talk about what they don’t do in order to engage someone in conversation who does! The fun is that the focus is on the other person.

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Rerun from Oct 2, 2014