Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Making polite conversation can be tough. Here are some strategies:
1. Comment on a topic common to both of you at the moment. Talk about the food, the room, the occasion, the weather. “How do you know our host?” “What brings you to this event?” But keep it on the positive side! Unless you can be hilariously funny, the first time you come in contact with a person isn’t a good time to complain.
2. Comment on a topic of general interest. Start talking about an interesting news item, a recent movie, or a book that’s getting a lot of buzz. It can be helpful to think of a few possibilities ahead of time.
3. React to what a person says. Do so in the spirit in which the comment was offered. If someone makes a joke, even if it’s not very funny, try to laugh.