Successfully talk to anyone!
- Ask for information on a work related issue. This quickly builds rapport.
- Pay a genuine compliment. This boosts the confidence of the other person.
- Comment on something positive. Hopefully the person shares your views.
- Be the first to introduce yourself. This is a fairly straightforward way to show that you are interested in meeting someone.
- Offer to help. Offering to help can help to make you likable and instill trust.
- Ask for help. Asking for help makes the other person feel important.
- Talk about a shared experience. Talk to someone whom you know you share a common interest.
- Ask for an opinion. This demonstrates that you value the other person and this will quickly get a conversation going.
- Give praise. Praise someone’s work. It is a great way to initiate a conversation.
- Express genuine interest. Find out what a co-worker is passionate about and launch a discussion.
- Ask about a favorite hobby or book. Who knows, you may have something in common.
- Mention an observation. Talk about artwork in the building or room temperatures. It makes for easy conversation.
- Make a comment about the weather. They say if all else fails, talk about the weather. It can be a great stepping stone into another subject of interest.
Topics to avoid:
Salary or benefits.
If you actively listen, use open body language, display confidence, and get follow-up information, you will be well on your way to initiating successful conversations at work.