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When is it ok to have pauses & silences in a conversation with a stranger?

Not all situations call for conversation. While it is true that lots of talk among friends builds friendship, if you find yourself in public settings with strangers, talking isn’t always necessary.

 

The person on the bus or plane next to you might not be interested in making small talk the whole trip—and that’s perfectly fine. If the other person gives a lot of one-word responses, folds his or her arms, or leans away, those are signals that he or she may prefer just to stay quiet.

 

If someone is using up all your time and won’t let you end the conversation, use an excuse such as needing to get another drink, as a reason for exiting.

 

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When you speak to strangers try & help to solve problems?

I find that helping someone solve a problem reduces the awkwardness between you.

Asking a friend for advice is another great way to keep conversations interesting and flowing. 

Talking about problems and solutions can take a long time—and give you something to check up on the next time you see someone.

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions by clicking on the links below.


NEW COURSE OUT

So I love giving advice on how to speak more effectively at work or social events. Here are some free tips from this months course and you can grab them by joining the mailing list. Let me know what you think. https://linktr.ee/leighannesvoice_

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Ask questions to find out more?

I find asking questions in conversations with strangers helps to move the chat along a bit and clarify things too. 

 

If you know that you will be in a situation where you will be talking to strangers, try to plan at least three open-ended “go-to” questions (that start with “how” or “what”) that you can use if you get into an awkward conversation. 

 

Don’t struggle too hard with these either. Something simple like, “So, what’s keeping you busy these days?” will work.

 

Just be careful not to ask too many questions in a row, or you may come across like Jessica Flecther in murder she wrote.

 

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions by clicking on the links below.


NEW COURSE OUT

 

So I love giving advice on how to speak more effectively at work or social events. Here are some free tips from this months course and you can grab them by joining the mailing list. Let me know what you think. https://linktr.ee/leighannesvoice_

 

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Podcast

Have a listen to my podcast on how to improve your speaking tips.  Please o subscribe and let me know what you think as I would love to create resources that help you.

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Stop talking & just listen to me?

 

When talking to strangers it can be a bit hard knowing what to say, when and how at times. 

 

But let me give you a tip my friend; If you don’t know what to say in a conversation, try simply reflecting back what you hear from the other person. 

 

If a new friend at work is upset about a project going wrong, say something like “It sounds like you are really upset about your feedback on that project, paraphrase what they said about their thoughts & feelings about the project.”   If needed then suggest “what things can I help you with?”

 

Often people simply want to know that their feelings are acknowledged rather than be offered solutions to their problems. 

 

Doing so also relieves you of the pressure of trying to think of what to say next.

 

 

This blog is a snippet from my podcast and video where you can listen and watch the full versions by clicking on the links below.


NEW COURSE OUT

 

So I love giving advice on how to speak more effectively at work or social events. Here are some free tips from this months course and you can grab them by joining the mailing list. Let me know what you think. https://linktr.ee/leighannesvoice_

Copy of Copy of Free sample course 2


Loads more free tips on Youtube

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