‘Conversation’​ – the key that unlocks just anything

Published on June 15, 2020 by Muhammad Sajwani

Most of us are literally longing for to witness the post-quarantine environment where we could freely meet and greet people. Last few months of lockdown has changed a lot for many of us both economically and socially. The world may not be the same for so many people as it was some 180 days ago. In some cases, people will be preparing to get into the new work environment i.e. different workplaces, bosses, colleagues, employees and so on and so forth. This situation will compel us to reflect upon the kind of skills that we already have but we might need to refresh those. Leading an effective conversation is one of those skills we may need to look at for now. 

Conversation, as a social construct, serves as a gateway, which if navigated successfully, can lead us to the information or results we want. On the surface, conversation is a simple dialogue of thoughts and ideas, but underneath, it carries rich opportunities to build and strengthen bonds, networks, uncover new information, and present information of our own.

When talking to strangers or professional colleagues, we don’t have a lot of breathing room in terms of topics and conversation patterns. We might excitedly tell a friend about a new book you’re planning to buy or read, but if you do that to a total stranger, they might just think you’re trying to sell it to them. Skilled conversationalists are able to direct any conversation-even an innocuous “hey, what’s up” to a place they want it to go.

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