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4 Good Topics of conversation that Get People Talking

Article Summary   by:yeaHHHHH     Original Author: Peter Murphy

4 Good Topics of Conversation that Get People Talking

Pick topics that everyone involved in the conversation is
interested in. That way, everyone can feel comfortable and
involved and the conversation should flow freely.

The depth of conversation depends on how well you know the
other people you are talking to. A first meeting is probably
not a good time to bare your soul and disclose your deepest
desires. But this same list of topics is still a good one -
you just get to find out more!

1. Family

Family is usually a good topic to start with. Almost
everyone has family that they don''t mind talking about.
If you don''t know the person at all, you could ask whether
they''ve lived in the area long.

With divorce etc being a bit of an issue these days, ''are
you married?'' might not be your next big question, even if
you spot a wedding ring - these things are expensive; they
might not throw it away!

Instead,bear in mind that conversations should be two way
and mention your partner or children. That ought to get
them talking - most people love to talk about their children
and grand-children.

2 . Occupation

Ask what they do for a living. When they tell you what
they do it''s another great opener for you to ask questions.
If it''s an occupation you know something about you can chip
in with comments. If it''s one you''re unfamiliar with -
here''s your perfect chance to learn! In return you should be
able to say - in no more than a couple of sentences - what
your job is.

3. Hobbies

Hobbies are a good topic to get on to because they are fun
- that''s why we do them! If they like a sport or hobby that
you do too - you''re in! You could probably talk for hours on
that. Swap stories and you can really get an interesting
conversation going. These are the types of conversations that
are remembered and form the foundations of friendships because
they let people know what they have in common with each

4. Vacations

Ask if they''ve been on vacation recently or if they''re
planning to go away anywhere. They''ll just love the chance
to tell you their stories - good or bad. The heat''s off you
then. You don''t need to think of anything to say for a while
- you just need to listen.

Remember conversations are two-way processes and you need to
listen too. That will help you to make all the right noises
to show you understand - but you will also find it easier to
ask subsidiary questions to get a little more detail. People
will respond well to your showing an interest like this.

So - family, occupation, hobbies and holidays - that''s not
so difficult is it? Those are the golden topics that will
get you through most everyday conversations and maybe even
help you start some.

The key to any good conversation is to have something that
all the people involved can talk about. The best topics for
that are also these easiest - your everyday life. That''s
good news for you because it means you''re well qualified to
hold an interesting conversation.

All you''re trying to do in conversation is find out a little
more about people so you can get to know them. That''s about
giving a little information about yourself and finding the
things you have in common. Looked at that way - conversations
become a lot easier.

Good topics of conversation don''t have to be clever or
exciting - they just have to be something that everybody can
say something about.

An imn skills and you limit your happiness
and success. And by default you give others control over
your life. The only way to be the master of your destiny is
to take charge. Know what you really want and have the courage
to stand up and be counted.

Published: August 23, 2007   
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