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Whether you're dealing with friends, family, a lover, or co-workers, you'll benefit from the communication skills taught in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Knowledge of current events and the arts
- Listening skills
- An exit strategy
Come prepared to discuss current events and the arts. If you've met these people before, remember what you know about them so you can weave it into the conversation.
Say hello, shake hands, and introduce yourself. Mention what you do for a living.
Lead with a positive comment
Make a positive comment about the event you're attending and follow up with an open-ended question, such as how they met the host. Offer a topic for discussion and be prepared to switch topics if it doesn't grab their interest.
Expand on a topic
Expand on a topic of conversation by relating it to another subject. For example, if the topic is the food at the event, you might mention some great food you had while on vacation.
Listen and be aware of your body language
Actively listen to the other person by making eye contact and providing feedback. Avoid making others ill at ease by letting your body language show that you are confident and comfortable.
Pay attention to the conversations of others so you don’t interrupt at a bad time or make an awkward remark.
Have an exit strategy
Have an exit strategy planned so you can mingle with others. Say you need to check in with an old friend or visit the buffet. Your goal is to make a good impression and leave them wanting more.