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Are You a Witty Conversationalist?

TalkShop conversation tipsIt takes two to communicate. Among the many forms of communication, conversation can be the most pleasant. Yet, many deprive themselves of the joys of engaging others in conversation. Social situations can make them feel tongue-tied. It can get overwhelming. How does one get over his shyness and become a witty conversationalist?

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO assures, “The purpose of conversation is to connect with others. It is an art that is rooted in how one communicates rather than in what one has to say. In small talk, one is judged either as positive or draining, likeable or repulsive, engaging or dry, courteous or rude. Conversation expertise is an essential life skill that makes a person likeable, which is a plus in business and social situations.

How does one become a witty conversationalist? Viesca assures, “Conversation expertise can be developed. For shy people, start out by mustering the courage to speak with people. Use safe topics such as family, work, and hobbies. With practice, one can move on to become a witty conversationalist.” Viesca offers these tips:

1. Have an interesting life. Develop a heightened consciousness of your experiences so you can share these with a new perspective.

2. Speak up. Do not mumble. Use simple language.

3. Listen well. Reply by talking about similar experiences.

4. Stay current on latest issues and current events. Watch a few of the latest movies. Read some of the new authors, watch the news.

5. Ask open-ended questions – “why” and “how.”

6. Learn to give and take. Do not monopolize the conversation.

7. Relax. Enjoy the situation. Keep it light-hearted.

8. Be ready with some life stories. Know a few poems, quotes, quips, and jokes by heart to use as necessary.

9. Steer away from religion and politics.

Most executives and professionals depend on social interactions to succeed in their career. TalkShop’s “Conversation Expertise” shows how color and spice can be added to conversations, along with related topics – Making the Right First Impression, Total Image, Body Language, Voice Techniques, and Non-Verbal Communications.

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 894 5588 | “Conversation Expertise”

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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