Use The FORD Technique To Make Small Talk A Little Easier

Starting a conversation with a complete stranger can be a little intimidating, and sometimes you don't know what to say. Use the FORD technique the next time you meet someone to avoid those awkward silences.

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We've already talked about how you can turn small talk into a full conversation, but the FORD technique is a quick and easy method that you can use anywhere with any person. FORD is an acronym that stands for:

  • Family
  • Occupation
  • Recreation
  • Dreams

Think of a couple questions for each category, keep them saved in your memory bank, and you should be able to start up a lasting conversation with anyone you meet. You could even think of a few follow-up questions or sentences that can help move things along and show you're actively listening. Hit the link below to read more.

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    You can have mine...

      barely used.

        How much?

    Wait.. so now asking someone you just met about their dreams is socially acceptable? wtf?

      I think they mean aspirations. Not REM dreams.

    Sorry, there's usually nothing more mind blowingly pointless than listening to someone tell you their dream.

    Or their family.

    Or their jobs.

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