MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
If you don’t know who you are, you can’t truly connect. You won’t get across what you’re about to others.
That’s why it’s important to have a firm grasp on your strengths, weaknesses, opinions, interests, etc.
To get better you need to get out there, consistently practice conversation skills, make mistakes and learn from them. There is no other way.
Connecting with friends means letting them to know you and vice versa.
Talk about yourself, disclose your life facts, opinions and feelings. This way, you have have subjects to talk about and you form lasting bonds.
Create a life you love and learn to appreciate your uniqueness.
Many social issues come from a low sense of self-worth. This causes your conversations to suffer before they begin.
Having a topic or two in mind can help when you’re running low on things to say.
Good topics are usually light (not politics, religion, etc.) and either funny or opinion provoking.
But how do you listen? Effective listening is about more than just passively receiving information. Instead, you need to show the other person that you’re listening.
The following body language shows that you’re listening:
Finally, don’t talk too much. Really listen; be quiet and take in what the person is saying.
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