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Conversation Skills

My Friend Debbie     There are few manners as important as establishing an appealing social presence and being able to hold an interesting conversation with others. Here are a few things for you to consider. Broaden your horizon and expand your knowledge of different topics to invite more enjoyable and delightful conversation.

Seven Categories You Should Know Something About:

  1. Science and discoveries
  2. History and its impact
  3. Politics including issues and foreign diplomacy
  4. Geography of our nation and the world
  5. Religion and the relevance of the Bible
  6. News and current events
  7. The Arts including visual, literary, and musical, being able to identify different artists, authors and composers.

     Continue to Grow: If you have nothing to say in these areas, then read, research and find out something about them. You don't have to know everything at once; try learning one new thing per day that you didn't know yesterday. Continue to grow your knowledge and you will be able to appreciate conversation with others and also have something to contribute.

     Extend Social Graces: Learn what and what not to talk about. Avoid topics that are too personal, or offensive. Be careful with unsolicited opinions and blanket statements.

     Be Authentic: Be yourself: the only person you can authentically, consistently be. Don't be a phony or try to pretend to be some you're not. However, always strive to be better than you are now. Keep your head tall and don't settle for less than the best. Don't have "clicks" that exclude others. Make it your intention to include others and take a genuine interest in everyone and ask questions in order to get to know people better. You have two ears and one mouth, so listen more than you talk. These tips will help to make your conversations mutually enjoyable.

(Author's note: Excerpts have been taken from her book, POISE & PERSONALITY: Etiquette, Manners and Social Graces, by Debbie Reynolds Harper; information is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission.)

Copyright © 2008-2015 Debbie Reynolds Harper

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