We live in a world of people. Every day we meet and talk with others. We talk to our boss, officemates, family members, relatives, and friends. Sometimes we even talk to strangers we meet outside or to people that we just meet for the first time.
And this will be the purpose of this blog. We’ll discuss the 3 practical tips in order to start a conversation with someone who we meet for the first time. But before that, let me share with you why I’m so inspired to share these 3 tips.
As a quick background, I’m an introvert type of person. An introvert in a sense that I prefer staying alone. I can survive without engaging or talking to other people. I prefer to remain silent.
That was me until I started working. I realized that in order for me to improve and develop myself and above all to gain connections, I need to overcome my personality. I pushed myself to become better in handling conversations.
Somehow I improved but the challenge was to really start a conversation.
When I left the Philippines and started working as sales associate abroad, everything gradually changed. Why? Because my current job is in order for us to sell thus earn commissions, we need to be the one to open a conversation with customers.
I have no choice but to face the situation and along the way, I got a pattern. These are the 3 tips that I will be sharing now.
I always believe that a simple and cute smile is enough to brighten your day and of course the day of the one you smiled with. You just don’t know that your smile means everything for others. And if you smile, you are telling to the world that life is full of happiness. Don’t waste time thinking about your problems. Always wear your smile no matter what situation you are in and wherever place you go. Looking young is only a bonus of smiling all the time
Of course, smiling is not yet enough to start a conversation though somehow you’re already communicating with the other party in a silent way. Since you smiled already, greet your customer or anyone you want to talk with. Say “good morning, good afternoon, good evening” and whatever greeting you want. It is also a strategy to tell the customer that you’re not only selling them something and your intention is to know them and eventually make friends with them for a long-term. Make it a habit and not just for compliance.
This is the most crucial part because after you smiled and greeted your customer or your friend-to-be, you should start a conversation by asking his/her name, from where he/she is and any other relevant questions. But bear in mind that you’re not asking them some sensitive and personal details especially that this is only your first meeting. Be careful to choose the questions you want to ask and also be ready to answer theirs. Keep on asking and learn from others.
I hope these 3 practical tips help or enlighten you in any way. Try to implement them in all situations they are applicable. You can use them at work, in a group, or in any random places you go. The bottom line is you make friends, build connections and keep them in a lifetime.
Go and start a conversation now.
Praying for you,
Lebert “Futurich” Omac
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