2. ENGAGE IN A CONVERSATION
10 Tips for Improving Social Interaction by Tim Bryce
People have a natural curiosity as to what you are all about. The best way to communicate this is to engage in simple conversation. Some people are naturally shy and tend to withdraw from such discourse. If one person is not willing to start a conversation, another should take the initiative simply by asking the other, “How are you?” or “What do you think?”
A good icebreaker is to tell a joke. But in this day and age of “political correctness,” exercise good judgment and taste in your humor. Avoid slang and offensive remarks unless the occasion calls for it. Goodhearted kidding and teasing are fine, as long as it doesn’t turn malicious.
Some people do not have the gift of gab for telling jokes. As such, tell a story about some recent event that happened to you. But don’t ramble. Stay focused and be sure your story has a point to it.
A conversation is a two-way street, regardless if it is humorous or serious in tone. Look interested, stay focused, and ask questions. Also be careful not to dominate a conversation unless that is your intention. If you have a tendency to monopolize a conversation, people will be less likely to engage in conversation with you.