How to Guide a Conversation

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

You will need

  • Patience
  • Persistence

Step 1 Interrupt the person Interrupt the person politely during a pause in the conversation and take control of the discussion.

Step 2 Comment on situation Make a comment on your surroundings. This can help redirect a conversation if a discussion stalls or becomes uncomfortable.

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.

Step 4 Ask how and why questions Ask a how or why question about another topic to open up a different conversation.

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.