The Thanksgiving holiday is over more holidays are on the horizon...
Typically, that means parties (professional and personal) – which, in turn, means more opportunities for creating conversations.
For some of us, it is an easy task -- we like small talk, meeting new people and socializing in general. But, for others it is a chore.
It doesn’t have to be …
What are some techniques to make mingling and conversation easy and enjoyable for all parties concerned?
Here’s my list of seven strategies:
- Whenever possible, do your “homework.” Know who is coming, and a little bit about the people. What are their interests? Where do they work?
- Ask questions – not to be intrusive, but to find areas of mutual interest. Be interested in what they have to say.
- Share something about yourself – not to brag, but again, something that the others may find interesting.
- Be comfortable with silence. You don’t need to rush the conversation.
- Be up to date with current events and best-selling books – they make great conversation starters.
- Look for ways to help others. That may mean introducing them to other people at the event.
- Know when to exit the conversation. Avoid monopolizing one person for the whole event.
If you follow these seven guidelines, you not only will have great conversations and build relationships, but, perhaps more importantly, a great time!