Conversation Skills Strategy for Social Confidence

Conversation skills advice often focuses on what we can do to keep conversations going. However, we should not always seek to prolong a conversation as social interaction will always need to end at some point. By leaving the conversation at the right moment, before the energy falls, we are able to leave the meeting feeling confident and energised.

It can happen that when we want to make a polite impression, we are too passive in our approach to social interaction. This means that we may ignore our feelings related to ending a conversation. We may stay in the conversation feeling increasingly more bored and drained, hoping that the other person will soon end the conversation for us.

Confident people know how to end conversations. They don’t wait around for the perfect moment to end the conversation. If you wait around for the perfect moment, you may find yourself becoming increasingly more drained and bored. On the other hand, you will find yourself increasingly more energised if you can learn to exit conversations at the right moment.

In conversation its also important to consider whether the person to whom we are talking is looking to exit the conversation. Once you have observed that they look ready to end the conversation, make it easy for them to say their goodbyes. By respecting that they are ready to leave the conversation, you will also be displaying at clear statement of social confidence.

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Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher for high-level professionals. She teaches her non-native speaker clients to Speak Well so that they thrive and succeed.

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