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Make Conversation

Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project has a nice take on making conversation. One reason I like it is that I tend to talk about conversations from the point of view of someone who’s not especially shy. Gretchen self-admits her shyness (and her boredom) with social conversation situations, and she gives you ideas.

If, like me, out of shyness or boredom, you sometimes find yourself making several trips to the bathroom during a cocktail party, or desperately wishing that dessert were already cleared away, or searching your mind for anything to say while you’re stuck in a situation with a stranger, here are some strategies to try:

  • Comment on common topics.
  • Ask open questions.
  • Admit it’s tricky.

See for yourself her several examples of open questions.

Make Conversation– [The Happiness Project

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