Starting a conversation can be a terrifying prospect for many and if this fear is allowed to take over, it could prove professionally hazardous.
So how do some people flourish at starting conversations, while others shudder. It is all a matter of having the right framework and, the best part is, anyone can develop this skill.
Here are a few tips you can keep in mind to get better at opening and holding conversations.Always Think Of Making An Impression: When you meet someone you want to demonstrate that you are an expert in your domain. But remember there is a very fine line between being knowledgeable and gloating. Deploy the fine art of “genuine” knowledge to convince others that you have something valuable to contribute.
Once you have captured the other person’s attention make the most of your opportunity. Speak clearly, courageously, and try to insert some humour whenever possible. This is a sure shot way of holding people’s attention.Facts Matter, Not Opinion: Stick to the facts about the subject you are discussing in the conversation, avoid giving your personal opinion as this can become a conversation-killer since you can never be sure of the other person’s persuasions.
Domain knowledge means you possess uncommon insight that others want. Use this to your advantage and it will result in better conversations.Network, Network, Network: As someone whose profession requires engaging in conversations with people, your aim should be to attend at least three networking events per month – you will do really great if you attend three per week.But remember you don’t just need to attend these networking events like a routine on your diary. Make the most of these events by making meaningful connections. The aim is to make these connections remember you.
But remember you don’t just need to attend these networking events like a routine on your diary. Make the most of these events by making meaningful connections. The aim is to make these connections remember you.
The goal is to build lasting professional relationships, rather than getting business cards or referrals.Stay Calm & Add Value: Always try to be informative and add value when you speak with people. Be sure to be calm, not flustered and attentive rather than distracted.
Listening and paraphrasing can do wonders as its people build trust in you. Whenever it feels right, say the person’s name that you are speaking with. This is called “memory by association”, and this engages the other person to listen to what you are about to say.
We all love to hear our name because of the societal prominence placed on stating it during introductions.Be Natural, Don’t Prepare Speeches: Don’t be afraid to take over a conversation and speak in a composed and natural manner – like you would with someone you know for years. Monologues tend to bore people and pre-planned speech is a sure shot way of getting people disengaged.
Keep these tips in mind and you will notice yourself getting better at conversations. You can also develop this skill through Magnum Opus’ exclusive Art Of Conversations programme. You can start your personal development journey by contacting Magnum Opus on email@example.com or call us at 011-42676768.