It's handy to know a few conversation starters to break the ice, but once you do that, you still need to be able to talk and be interesting.
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Just you prepare those ice-breakers, The Week suggests preparing three good stories in advance: to entertain, to inform and to engage.
Comedians don't just talk about anything when they're onstage. They have their act rehearsed. You don't just trot into a job interview and say whatever's on your mind. Always have three good stories on hand that reliably entertain, inform, or engage. Another tip from Scott Adams: People are generally more interested in stories about people rather than things. Drama, gossip, and reality TV are successful for a reason. We all find human behaviour fascinating. On the other hand, most people don't want to hear about the features on your new iPhone.
Naturally, you'll want to use the story that best fits the setting. If you're in a formal environment with a superior, an engaging story will be a better go-to than an entertaining tale of your college exploits. The full article has some other cool suggestions that are worth reading.