How to impress people and strike up an interesting conversation to make a good impression

Quite a number of people get tongue tied when attempting to strike up conversation. Trying to impress a member of the opposite sex can be almost a mountainous challenge for some.

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San Francisco based author Chris Colin has written a book “what to talk about” as an illustrated guide on how to converse and impress other people. The illustrations were provided by nine other than cartoonist Tony Millionaire. Check out the tactics that can show you how to strike up conversation.

1 The First Impression Is Always the Last Impression

A non descript first impression will never make a long lasting impression. Hence make sure your first interaction and appearance will be remembered by the other person for a long time.

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2 Without Time In Hand, Impress The Other Party With Meaningful Conversation

When you have just a few minutes of interaction, don’t waste it on trivialities. Instead strike up conversation that is interesting and meaningful to attract the others attention.

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3 Make Conversation to Stand Out From the Crowd

Rather than indulge in the traditional boring conversational etiquette, play upon words. Ask interesting questions and speak on topics that will gather listeners around you. Ultimately people will enjoy listening and joining in your conversations.

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4 Form your questions to attract a response

Do not ask mundane questions but interesting ones which will appeal to a listener. This will definitely invite a response and help people open up to you.

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5 Learn to identify and break the Mirror

A boring conversation results in a situation called ‘the Mirror”. It seems as if you are conversing with yourself rather than someone else. Neither should you become a mirror to another person’s conversation by agreeing or repeating everything they say. Learn to twist around the conversation and liven it up.

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6 Provide different answers to frequent questions

When questions directed to you seem frequent and similar, always reply differently each time. Add a hint of humor in your answers. That definitely gets appreciation and shows you how to strike up conversation.

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7 Don’t End A Conversation With A Full Stop, Start A New One

Instead of continuing a boring conversation, learn to be diplomatic and break the monotony by starting a new conversation. Rake up new issues.

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8 Learn To Play Around With Answers

Make your answers interesting by not revealing it instantly but play around with an assumed answer. Unconventional answers may make the other person sit up and take notice.

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9 Spruce up Your Technique of Conversation

Don’t end your conversations abruptly but spruce them up and start new ones with interesting anecdotes that will surprise family and friends.

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10 An Interesting Conversation Helps You Make Friends

Being an interesting person and knowing how to strike up conversations makes you a great socializer and will immediately help you get new friends.

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