Starting, continuing, and ending a conversation


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Starting, continuing, and ending a conversation

  1. 1. Starting, Continuin g, and Ending Conversations Ms. Quiñones
  2. 2. Tips on Getting Started Observe the person you want to speak to Introduce yourself Make Eye Contact Position yourself at a comfortable distance
  3. 3. Starting a Conversation Mostly we start a conversation in one of 5 ways:  Asking a question  Requesting something  Commenting on something in the environment  Giving a general greeting (e.g. „hello‟)  Making a personal remark
  4. 4. Practice Starting Think of 5 opening lines for a conversation.
  5. 5. Starting: Choosing Topics  Try to find a topic you have in common. (Small talk helps with this)  Get the other person to talk about themselves  Introduce a topic so they know what you will discuss  Ex. “Let me tell you what happened”  Determine if you have enough time to fully discuss a topic  Avoid subjects like money, salary, rent, cost of possession, religion, etc.
  6. 6. Continuing: Take Turns  Listen to your partner (instead of worrying what to say next)  Show you are listening by nodding and making eye contact  When they appear to be finished talking, wait a few seconds before responding  Ask follow up questions related to the topic of conversation  Try to talk less than half the time and encourage sharing of ideas
  7. 7. Continuing: Changing the Subject  If you want to change the subject/topic of the conversation, let the other person know.  Ex. “there is something else I wanted to tell you about”  Or, use a phrase like “on a different topic”  You can also look for connections between the current topic and the one you want to discuss.  Ex. “speaking of ____, I wanted to let you know ___”
  8. 8. Practice Changing Subjects 1. You are speaking about pets and you need to change the subject to books 2. You are speaking about jobs and you need to change the subject to cars 3. You are speaking about movies and you need to change the subject to homework 4. You are speaking about class and you need to change the subject to parents 5. You are speaking about favorite hobbies and you need to change the subject to work 6. You are speaking about apartments and you need to shift the topic to the weather
  9. 9. Continuing: Observe Reactions  Check for your partner‟s physical and verbal reactions to your topic.  You may need to switch topics, adjust your tone, or clarify.  Be aware of time. There may be signals that it is time to end the conversation.
  10. 10. Ending a Conversation  If your partner seems like they still want to talk, explain why you have to leave.  Bring another person into the conversation and excuse yourself  Use a closing phrase that signals you need to end the conversation.  Ex. “I really enjoyed talking to you” or “It was nice to see you again”
  11. 11. Practice Closing  Think of 3 possible reasons that you might to explain to someone that you need to end the conversation.  Think of 3 statements to signal that you need to end a conversation.
  12. 12. Practice Conversations  Have a conversation with someone in your class.  After about 5-10 minutes, close the conversation.  Take notes about any potential trouble spots.