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How to Guide a Conversation

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Be confident and look them in the eye when speaking.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Spending 10 minutes talking to another person can help improve your memory.

You Will Need

  • Patience
  • Persistence

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