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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Do you find it easy to talk to strangers? Shoe In Technique

The best advice for starting a conversation is actually quite simple—focus on the other person or say something light-hearted. People love talking about themselves.

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Often, the person with whom you are trying to start a conversation will have some unique aspect of themselves. Perhaps it is an item of jewellery, an unusual shirt, or maybe even a tattoo; something distinctive that tells a story about the person. Items like this give you a starting point for conversation.

 

Say something like:

  • Love your hair… is it from Ali Express?

 

  • Girl where did you get them shoes from?

 

Be sure to avoid anything too intimate as a starting point or you’re likely to offend the other person. 

After you receive a response, have something else to say that will give you a common platform on which to build a conversation and a relationship.

Remember, the goal is not to say the perfect thing or come across a certain way, but to open the door for more conversation.

 

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Tips to create a Ted Talk Part 3 of 4: Connect not just throw Content

I love listening to loads of different voices, listening to the tones, sounds and uniqueness of our voice.

 

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Connect with a story to help your audience relate to you, see why you are relevant for what you are going to share. As an example, I saw Tony Robbins once at a conference and he talked about when he only had a few dollars in his wallet, paid for a boy to go to lunch with his mum and now he is rolling in it after years of hard work etc. 

 

 

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To get a person’s ears and attention you got to go for the heart and their emotions. 

Forget about it if you are going to list of numbers, stats and infor…who cares. “. “Be clear about what you want the audience to walk away with when they leave and use that as a structure to frame your talk.”  Give your listeners what they want to hear. 

 

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Do you sound interesting? Your passion for a topic can draw people in; talking without any enthusiasm for the topic can kill the vibe in the room and shut down your message with your audience more interested in posting on twitter. 

When you give the talk try to persuade and not just chuck info at your listeners.

 

 

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Tips to create a Ted Talk part 2 of 4 : Keep it simple

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KISS for me…Keep it simple for me.

Only because you know the topic in detail it does not mean that your audience does, remember that.  Imagine you are going to talk to someone about making chicken and rice, first may start off with telling them to buy chicken and then season it up first. 

 

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Make sure that your talk leaves your listeners informed and with a plan of how to get more knowledge. Pretend you are going to give the talk to your 5-year-old nephew.  

 

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It is not your chance to flood all your knowledge and degrees in a 30-45 minutes talk, given them what they need not all that you know.

 

 

 

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Tips to create a Ted Talk part 1 of 4 : Know Your Audience

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So who are you talking to? Do you know your audience? Are they men, women, peers, parents, got money, stressed, business owners etc?

 

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Keep in mind your audience in mind when creating a speech.  What do they want and need to hear? Knowing who you are speaking to will help you fine tune the talk and will help keep the audience stay engaged and not float off on their phone checking out Instagram.

 

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How to say no part 4 of 4 : Use No + because

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Sometimes you might need to use no+ because to help the person who asked you about something to understand why you said no.

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The word ‘because’  helps people to agree with you (even if the reason you give them is a load of nonsense).

 

So instead of just saying, ‘Nah sorry, I won’t be able to help you plan your wedding or baby shower’, try adding a reason (even if it is a bit lame) to help your no go down a bit sweeter like honey. 
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How to say no part 3 of 4: Do not be afraid to say no twice

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Don’t be scared to say no and even if you have to say it twice. Just do it. You have boundaries right? 

Not everyone can come to your house or eat the food in your fridge can they? So with your time feel free to protect it by saying no.

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Just because someone is persistent, doesn’t mean you have to give in. Nod your head, make it look lie you are listening, smile politely, and say no a second time, just more firmly than the first.

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I am excited to see you improve in this area. Don’t forget the next part is out next week, so stay tuned.

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