Grow Into the Conversation

October 10, 2017

Grow Into the Conversation

Conversation domination and one upping each other are a sure fire way to alienate listeners and have them wander off and go to talk to someone else. It happens at parties, backyard BBQs, weddings and yes, even your sales presentations.

Fortunately, you can practice growing into a conversation in everyday life so that the skills are transferable to presentations.

Try practicing adding the following questions to any encounter when someone describes an experience or event to you.

Really? Who else was there?

Who did you go with?

What was your favorite part?

Are you planning on going again?

How did you choose to go there?

Was it your favorite thing or place ever?

Any one of those questions will engage the person and let them know you're interested in them. Too often, we skip the discovery and jump right into, oh yeah we just got back from wherever and blah, blah, blah before fully allowing others to be heard.

Your time and turn will come, grow into the conversation and don't monopolize or dominate it or you'll be left talking to yourself.

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