Conversation Skills Part 1: Comment on Your Surroundings

Conversation Skills Part 1 - Comment on Your Surroundings

This blog and video post is part of a three part series.

Have you ever met somebody for the first time and experienced that awkward silence that looms in the air?

You don’t know what to say. The other person doesn’t know what to say. And you both stand there awkwardly smiling at each other wondering who is going to jump into the conversation first.

Conversations can be daunting.

In fact, how to start a conversation with somebody new is one of the most common social dilemmas that people face. There’s a good reason for that. In business, you must have the ability to hold a conversation. Your professional relationships depend on it and your future in business depends on it. But the fear of not knowing how to start, continue or end a conversation can force you into conversation paralysis.

What happens when you have conversation paralysis? Instead of stepping outside of your comfort zone and starting a conversation with somebody new, fear envelops you, you retreat and start a conversation with somebody you already know. As a result, you don’t make any new connections and you don’t learn new information that could help you in business.

In the below video, I’m going to share with you one, and only one, easy-to-implement and effective conversation tip. This is the conversation tip I want you to put into motion today. Try it when you’re in the office. Try it when you’re at your next networking event.

This easy conversation tip will give you a useful conversation starter to help you put in motion a conversation with a total stranger.

About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox