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How To Become A Great Conversationalist – 17 Savvy Tips

"Doing this will conveniently furnish you with a treasure trove of interesting topics to bring up in your conversations."

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.
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Being a great conversationalist is becoming a lost art, but face-to-face communication is still as important as ever in business, social and personal situations.

Having the ability to engage people in conversation effortlessly, allows others to see you as being approachable and personable. Also, it’s important to note that all highly successful people are great conversationalists.

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Here are 17 savvy tips to effortlessly become a great conversationalist.

1. Be ready with a witty introduction

When you meet someone new, the best way to strike a pleasant conversation is arming yourself with a catchy introduction. So, find ways to integrate clever tidbits related to your life, work or even hobbies that will disarm and intrigue the other party.

2. Be truly interested in the other party

Before talking with somebody, ask yourself questions like; Who are they? What is on their minds? What do they really like doing? Or what really motivates them? A true interest in the other person is critical in kicking off a conversation and keeping it going.

3. Concentrate on positive topics

Leave previous complaints behind, and settle for discussions, which focus on the future. For instance, you can relate a funny thing that occurred to you that morning or perhaps a film you intend to see in the evening. It is alright to talk about negative topics, but only when the other party won’t be offended, or it’s absolutely necessary.



4. Converse, don’t argue

Conversations are platforms in which opinions can be aired, but definitely not a battlefield. Be willing to chat, discuss issues and bring your opinions to light, but do so in an amicable manner. Let things be open ended if a common ground cannot be established.

5. Be respectful to the other party

Respect their perspective on things and never infringe on their privacy until a common ground has been achieved. Also, be mindful of their personal preferences and never criticize.

6. Place them in the best light possible

If you really want to become a great conversationalist, Always ensure you search for means of making the other party look good. Offer credit where it’s due. Acknowledge talent when you see it and put in a compliment when appropriate.

7. Embrace differences

We are all different from each other. Still, there are numerous commonalities between us. When it comes to differences, always try to embrace them as they make each of us distinctive.

Make it a point to agree to disagree whenever there is a conflict of ideas. As you converse, look for commonalities between you. Then build on them to spin off other conversations.

8. Always be yourself

Your most precious asset in any conversation is your actual personality. So, embrace it and never conceal it. Let it shine out. It’s verbose and trite to keep repeating others’ words in your conversations. Be willing to share your own ideas and opinions.

9. Conversations are a two-way traffic

The ideal conversation is a 2-way process between both parties. You ought to be sensitive enough to ask questions if you’ve been talking all through. Additionally, ensure you share your own insights if the other party has been rambling on for a while.



10. Ask mindful questions

There are great questions which can steer the directions conversations take. To have a pleasant chat, ask meaningful questions.

11. Don’t judge the other party

People very often say weird things without thinking. So, don’t be judgmental.

12. Be an attentive listener

Nothing can destroy a conversation much faster than an absent-minded listener. Inattentiveness relays that what the other party says isn’t important or it even bores you.

13. Maintain eye contact

It’s important to keep good eye contact with the individual you are conversing with and use physical and vocal cues to encourage them to keep talking. Remember to keep in mind that balance is important here as too much or too little eye contact could verge on negative body language

14. Keep abreast with current affairs

Take the time and effort to read articles, newspapers, magazines and other publications on a regular basis. Doing this will conveniently furnish you with a treasure trove of interesting topics to bring up in your conversations.



15. Be ready for awkward questions

You will appear ignorant and off your guard if somebody asks you a question and you cannot find the right response to it.

16. Find ways to keep the other party well entertained

Keep the individual you are chatting with entertained using your sense of humor. Shower your conversations with good jokes and witty anecdotes.

17. Try to lend a sympathetic ear

In some circumstances, someone might wish to air out their pent-up frustrations to you. So, pay keen attention and only speak when it’s proper to do so. At all costs, never laugh off the predicament he or she is in by relating a similar one from your own experience.

Conclusion

Learning to become a great conversationalist is like learning a new language, but the difference here is that this is a language where the words to not take center stage. Like learning anything new, practice does indeed make perfect so get out there and get chatting.

Soon you will realize that you naturally find yourself in a place where you can effortlessly engage others in meaningful conversations and they will enjoy talking to you.

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.


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