Control the flow of conversation and make others feel comfortable:
- Think of things you would and wouldn’t like to talk about and use that as an initial guide.
- Be nice, as opposed to trying to sound brilliant.
- Tell stories.
- Ask questions.
- Know how to get people on the same level.
- Use humor as a tool. Keep jokes you are unsure of to yourself.
- Remember that the way something said is more important than what is said.