Have you ever felt victimized by awkward silences in a conversation? You’ve gotten comfortable starting conversations, but inevitably the other person stops talking. But you struggle with how to keep a conversation going. It’s one thing to keep all those conversation starters in mind, but then what? Well, there’s good news: keeping a conversation going […]
If you’re not sure what to talk about, remember the acronym FORD:
- Family – Ask about their siblings, children, parents and/or friends.
- Occupation – Ask about their job or school.
- Recreation – Ask about what they enjoy doing outside of work/school.
- Dreams – Ask about their future aspirations.
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. Emily Post My Attempt at Brazilian Conversation I grew up in Brazil, South America. I attended a Brazilian, Portuguese speaking school, from kindergarten through fourth grade. […]
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~Dorothy Nevill Career, dating, marriage, and friendships all depend on conversation for success. Yet conversational skill often eludes people on the autism spectrum. Recently, Alex Plank put […]