There are a few easy rules for making conversation in social situations. (Next week, Rita Bay’s Blog will highlight workplace skills, including conversing in the workplace.) Basically, it’s all about good manners—putting someone at ease, listening to what they have to say, and responding with courtesy.
There are several specific rules to remember about social conversations. Make sure that everyone participating in the conversation knows each other. Choose topics of conversation that would be non-controversial and of interest to everyone. Give everyone a chance to speak, then invite others who have not spoken to participate. Ask questions and give people time to answer. Listen attentively and respect other people’s opinions. Don’t be a know-it-all or make disagreement personal. As a matter of fact, in the South we wouldn’t disagree at all, especially if someone was a guest. A final comment on Social Media. Don’t use social media devices during a conversation.
Tomorrow, Invitations and RSVPs. Rita Bay