Do you want to know how to walk up to a perfect stranger– any perfect stranger– and start a conversation?
No, unfortunately, this isn’t an infomercial for an all-in-one charm-inducing drug which may or may not have been medically tested yet.
However, the good news is there are a few basic principles which most relationship experts have found work wonders in virtually any situation and with anyone.
So, whether you’re looking for that special someone and want to know how to most effectively start up a conversation in the most unlikely of places, like the supermarket, or you’re a business professional looking to improve your social skills so you can build your network, these strategies will help you start up any conversation easier.
Here’s what it comes down to:
1. Always start with a question
Always start with a question. Why? Because a question opens up the conversation for further dialogue and shows the person you’re interested in them.
The last thing you want to do is make a statement, which may or may not result in the kind of response from the other person that leads to a natural follow-up, immediately leading to an awkward silence and missed opportunity.
A question allows you to keep this from happening by controlling the conversation and sending it in a favorable direction.
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