Working On Your Small Talk Skills

A good tactic to get others to open up is to ask more open-ended rather than closed-ended questions (those that ask for only “yes/no” answers).  How else can we make sure that our conversations are more interesting and dynamic?

But what are these open-ended questions you might ask?

Open-ended questions have a husband or one of his 6 wives!

Husband = How?
Wives = Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Which? and Why?

So instead of asking, “Did you have a good day today?”, try “What did you do today?” or “What was the most interesting thing that happened to you today?”.

And instead of asking, “Did you enjoy your online session?”, try, “What did you enjoy most about your online session today?”

Give it a try next time you talk to someone—even if it is in German—and tell me if it works!


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