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HOW TO START A CONVERSATION

How to start a conversation. Here are some tips and tricks for introverts.

dihaan k~

7/6/20231 min read

woman in black long sleeve shirt holding black ceramic mug
woman in black long sleeve shirt holding black ceramic mug

Legend has it that there are two specific types of people in this world- introverts and extroverts. Varying in terms of personality, socializing and behavior, they are worlds apart in one regard: conversations.

No, I’m only joking. I’m writing this article to help introverts like me out there to start conversations instead of being pulled into one. I know we all differ, but if there’s one thing an introvert fears, it’s being asked to start a conversation. That’s why I decided to offer some tips to help you move through (and start) a carefree conversation or small talk.

1. Rehearse. This is a mainstream trick even I use (a vanilla ambivert). Just rehearse conversations in front of the mirror, in the car, in the shower, anytime. Practice saying ‘hi’ first, make small talk about the weather. Start with someone’s interests, go on about yours, but don’t be boring.

2. Motivate yourself. You can do it! Your conversations are engaging! People will definitely be interested in what you have to say! Words of affirmation might just lift your spirits. You should hype yourself up before hopping over and starting a conversation with that potential friend. This would help a lot.

3. Make sure you know their interests as well. Make sure they’re interested in what you have to say, and that you don’t only talk about your OWN interests. That’ll just make them think that you’re a jerk, and that you don’t care about them. So maybe a little research won’t be weird in THIS scenario.

4. Start with common enthusiasms. Like, maybe music. You two might even have the same favourite band/ artist. If it’s Arctic Monkeys, I have got to know them.

I hope these tips help you prosper.

Dihaan Khan

Signing out.