Ask Lots Of Questions To Fill In Awkward Silences

Awkward pauses are bound to happen in any conversation, especially when meeting someone for the first time. You can minimise them by asking as many questions as you can to keep the conversation moving.Photo by Sharon Mollerus.

That's an oft-quoted strategy but, as People Skills Decoded reminds us, still a useful one. Being curious and inquisitive keeps the conversation going and proves to your new (or old) acquaintance that you're interested in what they think. Plus, it pushes off those silent moments when no one knows what to say. If all else fails, embrace the quiet moments and let them happen.

How do you avoid those awkward silences when meeting someone for the first time? Have your say in the comments.

How to Avoid Awkward Silences [People Skills Decoded]


    I usually use awkward silences to let my mind wander - its a great chance to disengage from a conversation for a second or two :)

    Try to talk while your mind is wandering at the same time. Thats also very interesting. Though probably more frequent nowadays

    1. talk about tv/movies you've seen
    2. count silently to 5 in your head
    3. stare at a mole on their face*


    Whenever my friends and I come across awkward situations, what we'd normally do is make an 'awkward turtle', 'awkward palm tree' and other sorts of stuff.

    If you're not sure what they are, I'd suggest you YouTube them :)

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