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Your is for up purposes only and will never be shared. You can choose your call settings later. We simulate the magic of having a surprise conversation with someone—something that is becoming increasingly rare during the times of a viral epidemic. Get calls at random times and get paired with another person in a one-on-one.
Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out. When do we really learn good conversation skills? How can you be that person people love to talk to? First impressions really are a big deal and talking to new people can be daunting, no doubt.
Research shows that if you expect people will like you, they probably will :.
Talking to new people is hard because there are so many unknowns
Social optimists, of course, are in the happy position of expecting to be accepted and finding that, generally speaking, they are. Social pessimists, though, face the dark side of what sociologist Robert K. Expectation of rejection le to the projection of colder, more defensive behaviour towards others, and this le to actual rejection. Ironically, studies show putting your best foot forward actually reveals the real you :. Smiles are powerful and make you more attractive. From Dale Carnegie to peer-reviewed studieseveryone says smiles matter.
In fact, to increase their power, smile slower. FBI behavior expert Robin Dreeke recommends speaking slowly. When individuals speak slowly and clearly, they tend to sound more credible than those who speak quickly. From the outset, frame the conversation with a few well-rehearsed sentences regarding how you want to be perceived. This will end up being the structure the other person forms their memories around.
The take-home point is that having the appropriate schema or context for encoding information helps us understand and recall this information, but only if we get the schema at the outset… Schemas determine how this new information is stored and what is actually remembered. To learn more about the science of a successful life, check out my bestselling book here.
So you made a good first impression. You might be wondering what to do next.
Hold on there, partner. More important is what not to do. Yes, we all want to get respect but try too hard and you can come off as a jerk.
Trying to sound smart makes you look stupid. What struck me most was their emphasis on vulnerability. When you both make yourselves vulnerable from the outset and are candid in revealing who you are and how you think and feel, you create an environment that fosters the kind of openness that can lead to an instant connection — a click. For more on how to win every argument. Wrong question. It gives their brain as much pleasure as food or money :. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Tamir said.
The one strategy I constantly keep in the forefront of my mind with everyone I talk to is non-judgmental validation. People do not want to be judged in any thought or opinion that they have or in any action that they take. Validation is taking the time to understand what their needs, wants, dreams and aspirations are.
We’re social beings. even uncomfortable conversations are good for our wellbeing.
Suspend your ego. Avoid correcting people or saying anything that could be interpreted as one-upmanship. Individuals practicing good ego suspension would continue to encourage the other individual to talk about his or her story, neglecting their own need to share what they think is a great story… Those individuals who allow others to continue talking without taking their own turn are generally regarded as the best conversationalists.
These individuals are also sought after when friends or family need someone to listen without judgment. They are the best at building quick and lasting rapport. To learn on how to talk down angry people. FBI hostage negotiators use a of techniques to show kidnappers they are really paying attention:. To learn FBI hostage negotiation techniques.
Talk on the phone with someone else stuck at home.
There is extensive research that we like people who are like us. In almost every conceivable way, from background to word choiceemphasizing similarity improves social relations.
For more on how to emphasize similarity. What are the best type of questions, in general? Ask open-ended questions. One of the key concepts that every great interviewer or conversationalist knows is to ask open-ended questions.
They are generally questions that require more words and thought. Once the individual being targeted in the conversation supplies more words and thought, a great conversationalist will utilize the content given and continue to ask open ended questions about the same content. The entire time, the individual being targeted is the one supplying the content of the conversation.
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What question should you always have ready? We all face challenges and we like to talk about them.
FBI behavior expert Robin Dreeke explains :. A great question I love is challenges.
What kind of challenges do you have living in this part of the country? What kinds of challenges do you have raising teenagers?
Random chat with friends / strangers
It gets people to share what their priorities in life are at that point in time. To learn other questions that create the strongest bonds with people. Okay, you have to talk at some point, right?
Richard Wiseman studied which topics worked best on first dates. Discussing travel was one. How do you make people feel good without being slimy? Offer sincere compliments. Shockingly, even insincere flattery works :. The authors show that even when flattery by marketing agents is accompanied by an obvious ulterior motive that le targets to discount the proffered compliments, the initial favorable reaction the implicit attitude continues to coexist with the discounted evaluation the explicit attitude.
Furthermore, the implicit attitude has more influential consequences than the explicit attitude, highlighting the possible subtle impact of flattery even when a person has consciously corrected for it. Stanford professor Jeffrey PfefferWharton professor Adam Grantpersuasion expert Robert Cialdini and many others have all recommended asking for advice as a powerful way to influence others and warm them to you. I love this method because I get to learn something and the other person gets to feel like an expert. For more on the science of making friends.
Many people make the mistake of thinking talk to people/ is just information exchange.
Think emotion. Professor Stephen Ceci taught his class the way he had for the past 20 years, replicating nearly everything imaginable — except he started speaking with more enthusiasm. What happened? His student ratings went up — in every single category.
He was seen as more knowledgeable, more tolerant, more accessible, more organized. Students said they learned more.
How to make a good first impression
They felt the grading was fairer. They even said the textbook was better. For more on how to be funny. Why does this happen?
How to keep a conversation going with someone you’re unfamiliar with
What can we do about it? For FBI methods that can help you negotiate lower bills. There are a of phrases that can politely al the end of a chat. Farewell by implication : Pre-goodbye goodbyes: passing regards to the wife, etc.
For more tips on how to master the art of conversation.