Tell Great Stories

  • You need to have an interesting point to make it worthwhile.
  • Your most interesting point should be the last thing you say in your story.
  • Keep it short.
  • Keep it personal. People prefer stories about people they know.
  • The more you tell a story the better you get the natural timing and emphasis. 

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t;People don’t judge you so much for who you are as they judge you for how you communicate yourself.&

  • Humor: It takes a lot of practice until you can figure out the natural timing and flow of a joke. Practice makes perfect.
  • Interest comes from having an interesting life. You can be interesting by telling stories  or by simply being quick to bring up an interesting fact.

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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Better At Conversations
  1. Research has found that “Hello, how are you?” is the most effective conversation starter, but you can use context, like impressions or the location, in its place.
  2. Bring up topics, look for ideas and ask questions that spark energy or get the person excited.
  3. The eyebrow raise is what we do when we hear or see something interesting. It clues you in to a topic that they might like discussing.
  4. Stories are great to hold attention, instigate emotion and are more easily remembered. Keep in mind your favorite ones, the ones that can backup claims and how you can answer with anecdotes.
  5. When we share something, we often want someone else to share something. Give back as much as you get.
  6. Don’t be a conversational narcissist. Ensure you do equal parts talking and listening.
  7. Don’t try to constantly outdo others or their stories. Let people enjoy their moment and celebrate with them, don’t one-up them.

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Don’t preview your humor by saying, “Let me tell you a funny story.

Look pleasant and smile as you launch into your funny line, but if no one smiles or laughs, then just move on as though you meant for it to be serious.

  • A great conversation is a two-way street, not a competition.
  • A great conversation is a safe space. Fear of judgment will stop you from opening up in front of someone.
  • A great conversation fosters relatability. Relating to something that another person has expressed indicates active listening.
  • A great conversation is an opportunity to learn. It should feel enriching and enlightening.

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