Become More Charismatic In Conversation With The 'Two-Second Rule'

Charisma is all about how you act, not what you have to say. You can be more charismatic in a conversation by always waiting two seconds before you respond to something.

This Video Teaches You The Basics Of Making Small Talk

Small talk is an abhorrent chore to most people. Yet chances are most of the non-family relationships you’ve built started with small talk. It’s a key way we get to know others. This video will show you the basics if you’re uncomfortable with it.

Ask For Clarification To Buy Time When Asked On-The-Spot Questions

Most people sound flustered or uninformed when asked an unexpected question. To avoid giving the wrong impression or putting your foot in your mouth, buy some time by asking for clarification.

Stop Looking Around The Room To Engage In More Effective Conversation

When you’re at a social event, there’s a lot going on and plenty of reason to scan the room. If you want to have an engaging conversation with the person you’re talking to, though, stop scoping the place out for something more interesting.

Avoid Being Misunderstood In Conversations By Altering Your Perception

It’s frustrating to be misunderstood in a conversation, especially when you think you’re being crystal clear. Fixing it is a matter of perception, but you need to focus on their perception, not yours.

Back Out Of Conversations Politely By Excusing Yourself With An Invite

If you find yourself in the middle of a conversation that has become awkward, frustrating, or they just won’t stop talking, escape is necessary. Excusing yourself while inviting them along can give you an exit opportunity without being rude.

Ask For Someone's Opinion To Kickstart A Conversation

You don’t need “lines” and “rules” to strike up a conversation with someone — just a great way to help them open up and start talking. Ask them for a recommendation, like for a place in town to eat, favourite holiday spot, movie to see, or anything that asks for their opinion and helps them open up and start talking — and gives you something to engage with them about.

Create Better Ice Breakers By Knowing Your Audience And Objectives

When you are put in a group of strangers, ice breaker activities are a great way to start working together. Instead of just picking an activity at random, look at the goals of the group and design activities that focus on those.

Save Everyone From Awkward Silences With Good Go-To Stories

You probably know this moment well. Everyone has said what they wanted to say and an awkward silence fills the room. Well, don’t be afraid — and save the day with a few of your best stories worth telling.

Ask LH: How Can I Converse With My In-Laws?

Hi Lifehacker, I get invited to my partner’s family dinners a few times a year, and I really struggle to find common ground. They are into travelling overseas and playing golf, while my interests are mostly gaming-related. I feel like I have nothing to contribute — I’ve even tried researching things to talk about. What can I do to contribute more to the conversation?