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Category Archives: Socialising + Networking


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We’ve all been in situations where we’ve felt tongue-tied and haven’t been able to find the right words to start a conversation. Next time you’re in a situation like that, remind yourself to start with a ‘question word’ and see how that works for you.

When?     Where?     What?     Why?     Who?     How?

It’s a tactic I learned many years ago! Do tell me if it works for you, too.

No idea if this is true!

  Why not start a conversation with a surprising fact? Something like: “Did you know that the fastest growing fingernail is on the middle finger and the slowest growing is on the thumb. I wonder if this is really true …!”

What do highly likable people do?

Geoffrey James talks about seven things highly likable people do and suggests that we adopt these strategies if we’d like to be seen as likable. Develop a friendly greeting. Get names right. Focus on the other person. Remember personal details. Speak well of others. Stay upbeat and positive. Consider other people important.

Getting away from a bad conversation

You’re having a conversation with someone, but would like to get away gracefully. What can you say? On the phone I might say something like: “I should let you go.” “I hate to interrupt, but I simply must take a bio-break.” “Let’s discuss this another time. I’m too busy at the moment to give itContinue Reading

The name game

People love hearing their own names. So when socialising, try and use people’s names as often as you can while talking to them. It’s a great way to build trust and to make people feel valued. And it’ll help you remember their names better! 😉 But, of course, you shouldn’t overdo it!

How to get talking

Not everyone likes networking and socialising. Some people can get talking without any problems whatsoever. Others find it difficult to get started. Memorising some conversation openers can help. You’ll find 17 here (link to: https://www.inc.com). And remember, always ask open-ended questions, such as: “What do you like about your job?” It’s the best way toContinue Reading

Getting ready for 2017

Are you planning a New Year’s Eve party and haven’t been able to give it much thought because of Christmas? Marieclaire.com might inspire you. What about organising a last-minute Black and White party or a Glitter party or a Black Light party or a Mini Everything party? My favourite is the Midnight in Paris party. However,Continue Reading

Body language

Watch this short video (link to: inc.com) to see if you’re making any of these body language mistakes.

Get talking

If you find it difficult to make small talk, just follow this three-step formula (link to: time.com). Reveal something small about yourself. Ask an open-ended question (that means a question that doesn’t just call for a “yes” or a “no” answer). Talk about what’s going on in the world. You’ll make a confident and intelligent impression.

When your partner says ‘thank you’ (part 2)

You might remember that we spoke about this topic some time ago (in June last year to be exact!). In Germany, when someone says, “Danke”, people normally reply, “Bitte”. But what do you do in English? You don’t have to say anything. However, if you feel you must, try some of these phrases: It was my pleasure. I’mContinue Reading