Prevent pauses in a conversation with preparation
- Make a list of questions to keep the conversation going
Use the following sample questions: What did you think of…(a book/film/TV show)? Can you recommend a good…(hairdresser/hotel/car service/caterer)? What’s the most important thing in your life? What’s new with your family? Who inspires you the most? How do you spend your free time?
- Pay people compliments
Tell people what you like about their appearance and about their behavior: I admire your determination/courage/honesty…, etc.
- Share a personal experience
Think about extraordinary stories you’d like to share with other people. Prepare beforehand and choose an experience that isn’t controversial or negative.
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