The Art of Conversation

Updated: Feb 26

Whether we are introverts, extroverts or ambiverts we all desire to be great conversationalists. We all want to be great to talk to, want to be known for our conversational skills as it also reflects our intellectual level. Great conversation is all about connecting well with others, having fun, and giving others a feeling of time well spent. If we can master the art of good conversation we will: be able to impress others, be liked by others and seldom feel left out or lonely at social gatherings.

According to the World Economic Forum, Communication is one of the top ten 21st century skills and a good conversation is an important part of communication especially, when the success of businesses and individuals depend largely upon their network, yet conversational competence is one of the most overlooked aspects of communication.

When we say conversation, it means face to face, 3D interaction with others and not written communication, though it does include telephonic and video conversations, be it with your business partners, customers, clients, community members, employees, seniors, other stakeholders or even your neighbours, children, friends, parents, etc.

Why to converse:

Good conversational skills help us to:

1) Improve our likeability quotient

2) Build our credibility

3) Increase our impact and impress others

4) Close the deals

5) Sell our product or service

6) Build relationships

7) Know others better

8) Understand the environment, and

9) Crack interviews

How to develop good conversational skills:

In order to hold a good conversation you need have some idea of interesting topics on different subjects and diverse fields, you should:

1) Read newspaper to stay updated with current affairs and the editorial to understand various topics of importance.

2) Read magazines to know about latest trends and contemporary issues.