How to Guide a Conversation

We've all been there. Here's what to do next time the conversation has taken a wrong turn.


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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. Among the advice included: how to tell someone off; how to deliver an ultimatum; how to complain; how to solve creative differences; how to give a compliment; how to take criticism; how to apologize; how to read social cues; how to learn to say no; and much more.


You Will Need

  • Patience
  • Persistence


  1. Step 1

    Interrupt the person

    Interrupt the person politely during a pause in the conversation and take control of the discussion.

  2. Step 2

    Comment on situation

    Make a comment on your surroundings. This can help redirect a conversation if a discussion stalls or becomes uncomfortable.

  3. Step 3

    Give them a compliment

    Give the person speaking a compliment on their appearance or attitude, which will change the focus of the discussion.

  4. Step 4

    Ask how and why questions

    Ask a how or why question about another topic to open up a different conversation.

  5. Be confident and look them in the eye when speaking.

  6. Step 5

    Start a new conversation

    Start a new conversation with someone else if you're with other people and the one who’s talking becomes obsessive about something dull.

  7. Spending 10 minutes talking to another person can help improve your memory.