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Use Present Tense To Make Your Stories More Engaging

Everyone wants to be a great conversationalist, whether you’re networking or just catching up with friends. Share your stories in the present tense to make them (and yourself!) more engaging and interesting.

Making A Good First Impression Is About Engaging, Not Impressing

First impressions are important because they’re hard to undo, and a bad one will stick with you for a long time. But a good first impression isn’t about impressing at all. It’s all about engaging with someone and making a connection.

Pre-Job Interview Small Talk Matters More Than You Think

Those awkward moments when you chat about the weather or news with your interviewers before they start asking questions aren’t just them trying to be nice. Turns out the gift of gab might get you a gig.

Ask This One Question To Get Past Awkward Small Talk And Make A Real Connection

Making small talk is one of those things that no one likes, but everyone has to do. Kalina Silverman decided to ditch the tradition and dive straight into a big question instead. It’s one of the most effective ways to get over the discomfort of small talk.

Three Helpful Techniques To Ease You Into Talking With Strangers

Talking to strangers is a great way to expand your horizons, learn something new, and make new friends. If you’re not a social butterfly, though, the process can be intimidating. Here are some tips to get you started.

The Simple Handshake Mistakes You Should Avoid At Your Next Interview

Giving a firm, solid handshake isn’t difficult exactly, but ask anyone who meets job candidates or just talks to new people with any regularity, and you’ll hear some awkward handshake horror stories. This video from ZipRecruiter outlines some of the worst offenders, and a simple way to get it right.

'Good Listeners Are Like Trampolines'

We tend to think that being a good listener means being a sponge that absorbs as much information as possible, but Harvard Business Review suggests that’s not really the best analogy.

Increase Your Likability By Asking People To Finish Their Stories

When someone gets interrupted while telling a story to your group, it’s the perfect opportunity to make yourself seem more attentive and likeable by asking that person to continue.

Give Softer Criticism With The 'What I Like...' Feedback Model

Giving criticism isn’t easy, especially if the person you’re giving it to is sensitive. This approach lets you keep criticism in a positive light so your feedback comes across as constructive, not harsh.

Improve Your Conversational Skills With The Right Balance Of Questions And Statements

Asking questions is a great way to start an engaging conversation. Ask too many questions, however, and your conversation starts to feel more like an interrogation. To avoid this, author Ramit Sethi suggests the “question, question, statement” method.

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