A person who knows how to use words to his/her advantage knows how to get people like him/her and has the power to rule the world. Conversation is also an art. A single conversation can make or mar your impression. In today’s world, it is very important to be proficient in this art of striking good conversations. Following are the points a person should keep in mind while conversing with people.
•A firm Hello: Any conversation begins before you even open your mouth to talk. It starts at Hello. Your handshake reveals a lot more than you think. Be confident while shaking hands. It should neither be fragile neither too strong a handshake. A fragile handshake conveys nervousness and lack of confidence whereas too tight a grip looks intimidating and uncomfortable. Simply be firm and warm.
•Maintain eye contact: Eyes are the windows to the external world. Half of the conversation happens through eyes. Your eyes shouldn’t glance here and there while a conversation is going on. Look at the person speaking in the eye, nod occasionally to let the person know that you are interested. If you find it difficult to maintain eye contact, notice the colour of his/her eyes.
•Address the person by name: Whether in a group or talking one to one, address a person by his or her name. This will make the person feel good about you because he will consider himself important enough, knowing that you remember his/her name. Consequently, you will also gain importance in the eyes of that person.
•Body language: Your body language portrays the way you present yourself. Standing aloof shows your lack of interest and ignorance whereas positioning yourself towards the speaker shows that you are keen and interested in the conversation. Like the eyes, body language also conveys a lot without you having to say even a single word. So it’s very important to mind your body language.
•Be a good listener: In a conversation, it is important to put your viewpoints through but it is equally important to listen to what the other person has to say. A quote by the Dalai Lama “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” sheds light on the importance of being an attentive listener.
•Be witty: Any conversation becomes interesting if it has wit involved in it. Be witty, make people laugh and they will feel drawn towards you and also feel more connected. Addition of witty remarks changes the course of any boring conversation, making people attentive towards you.
•Be clear and articulate: Don’t beat around the bush when discussing about an important issue. Be specific and voice your opinions articulately.