There’s something to be said for learning to take a compliment, and a lot of us are really bad at it. When a friend, coworker, or boss praises us for a job well done, we’ll brush it off and say something like, “eh, it’s no big deal.” If you’re trying to improve your compliment-accepting skills, here’s how to respond instead.
Everyone knows what it’s like to get trapped in a conversation. Even if you like the person you’re talking to, you don’t want to be rude or insulting, but you want the conversation to end. This video demonstrates several techniques to get out of it gracefully.
Small talk is boring and will never create any sort of bond between you and someone else. You’ve probably heard that asking questions is a good approach, but the kind of questions you ask can really liven things up.
When you’re making conversation with someone, the more interested you can be in what they’re saying, the better. Sometimes it can be hard to muster interest. If you need a little motivation, turn it into a detective game.
Confidence is important when you’re trying to build credibility. If you don’t sound confident, it’s easy for people to dismiss or be sceptical of what you’re saying, however valid it may be. One vocal habit that undermines your credibility is uptalk, the tendency to speak as though you’re asking a question.
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.
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.