“In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge” -George Herbert
A conversation is like a journey with the speakers going from one place to another. But as with every journey, you must first learn how to take the first step. Here’s a tip to get things started and to help move your next conversation down the right path.
Have you ever been introduced to someone but did not know how to start the conversation? Ever experience that awkward moment of silence not knowing what to say or worse, waiting for the other person to say something interesting?
Well, here’s an approach that I use when selecting a jury. Remember, I’m talking to 12 people I’ve never met before and it’s my job to get everyone to talk about themselves so that I can learn more about my ultimate decision makers.
By the way, don’t try and use all these questions with the same person. When I’m at a business function or Rotary Club meeting, I may only use one or two of these per any one interaction. Otherwise it just wouldn’t be a dialog that feels natural.