Improve Your Speaking Skills With the Right Balance of Questions and Statements
Asking questions is a great way to start an engaging conversation . However, ask too many questions and your conversation will start to feel more like an interrogation. To avoid this, author Ramit Sethi proposes a question, question, assert method.
This is pretty much what it sounds like: for every pair of questions you ask in the conversation, supplement them with a statement to show that you, too, are actually participating in the conversation. Sethi says:
You won’t add value to the conversation by simply asking questions. A good rule of thumb is to ask two or three questions and then make a statement.
“Where are you from? How long have you been here? Oh, do you like it? What brings you here?”
“Where are you from?” “I’m from Michigan.” “Oh, I’ve been to Michigan before. I actually grew up in Phoenix, but now I live in Chicago, pretty close. ” “Yes, really? So how long did you stay there?”
Instead of acting like an investigator, you hired another person. You have established a connection very subtly.
This may sound like common sense to some, but charismatic conversation isn’t easy for all of us. If you’re nervous, this is a great rule to keep in mind. To find out more, head over to Sethi’s full post below.
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