Mastering Conversation | Scott H Young
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"People don’t judge you so much for who you are as they judge you for how you communicate yourself."
Interest is similar to humor whenever people discover something they didn’t expect.
Conversational rhythm is of critical importance when you are trying to enter a conversation, particularly with strangers. Starting out with a long story isn’t nearly as effective as offering a quip. Once you integrate yourself into a conversation you can start offering longer stories to fill the space.
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After an event ask yourself what went well, what did you learn and who should you follow-up with so you can keep learning and honing your ability.
This can help you identify patterns and remember to follow up on bookmarks, LinkedIn connections and promises.
Use the ‘Bookmarking’ technique to create a deeper connection by adding verbal markers or emphasis to parts of the conversation:
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Appropriate humor relaxes an audience and makes them feel more comfortable with you as the speaker.
Humor can bring attention to the point you are making and help the audien...
The best and most comfortable place to find humor comes from your own personal experience.
Jot down funny ideas as you come across it that might appeal to your audience - an embarrassing moment that you might not have found funny at the time, or a funny conversation you had.
Make sure your choose humor is funny to you. First practice with small groups of people. Pay attention to the way your are delivering the joke or quip.
Only use humor in a speech after you are comfortable telling it from memory and have tested it.
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