5 Ways to Have Successful Conversations
If you want to have interesting, successful conversations, you'll have to keep in mind not only the subject but also how you're interacting with the other person and taking turns.
Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation to be successful. However, you may think that successful conversations depend on your audience or the people around you, right?
What’s true is that if you want to have rewarding, interesting conversations, you’ll have to follow certain recommendations and pay attention to things that you probably haven’t been paying attention to.
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How to improve your conversations with others
If you want successful conversations with others from now on, you must remember that the more you get to know yourself, the better.
Self-discovery begins with the mind. Then, it can be manifested externally with other people.
But that’s not all. We’re going to give you some simple guidelines that won’t take much time and that you can actually start following right now.
1. Surround yourself from people you can learn from
If you want your conversations to be more interesting, you have to surround yourself with stimulating people, people you can learn from.
You already know that not all people are like that. However, you may also know that you have the power to choose who you relate to.
So why not start choosing your company better? You’ll see how much you’ll learn from them, and how much they’ll learn from you.
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2. Really listen
If you don’t truly listen, it will be hard for you to have interesting conversations. After all, if you don’t, you’ll always be talking about yourself. You’ll always want to be the center of attention, and other people will think that you don’t care about what they have to say.
There must be a give-and-take in any conversation. There has to be an interest in what the other person is saying. Otherwise, there’s no point in the conversation.
Plus, if you want to follow the first recommendation above, listening will be very useful in learning from others.
3. Understand the rhythm of the conversation
Understanding and following the rhythm of the conversation may seem simple. However, it’s anything but.
A person may think they’ve participated in a debate when they’ve actually been silent the majority of the time.
Do you have trouble knowing when to say something? Do you hog the conversation? Do you talk too much when it’s your turn? All of this is something you should keep in mind anytime you’re conversing.
Being aware of your weakness and seeing where you can improve will help you learn and make your conversations much better. There should always be a balance!
4. The importance of adapting to the other person
Maybe you’re talking about a very technical subject and nobody is understanding anything you’re saying. Have you put yourself in their shoes? Have you noticed what’s happening?
Gaining this awareness will greatly improve your conversations.
Just as you can’t hold a technical conversation with a 6-year-old, the same thing happens with the level of knowledge the people around you may have with the subject of the conversation.
Being able to see this, put yourself in their place, and adapting your conversation to their level will help make you more approachable and make your conversations more rewarding.
5. Talk about yourself if necessary
Sometimes, people are afraid to talk about themselves. This may be because they’re very guarded about their private life or because they think other people won’t be interested in it.
But that’s not true.
- If you think you have a story or thought that could give a special touch to the conversation, don’t hold it in.
- The people around you will be glad, and you’ll be improving the conversation without even realizing it.
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Be natural, listen, get on their level, and learn how to take turns. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have better conversations, even if you have to pay more attention.
Keep your eyes open to see the messages you may be sending people through your expressions and what you’re saying.
It’s also a good thing to be open to meeting new, interesting people. They may just give you the most rewarding conversation of your life.