Mastering the Art of Conversation

Learning how to converse well and easily with others gives people more confidence when handling both business and social events. Mastering this skill - either one-on-one or conversations in small groups - is thus an important life skill.

In this talk, I cover the fundamentals of what it really means to be a good conversationalist, how to make effective introductions in order to ease the way for others, and (for emergencies) how to escape from the boring individual who insists on dominating your attention. We also touch on non-verbal (body) language.

 

Who Should Attend

Everyone can benefit from improved conversation skills, especially:

  • People who frequently attend social events, such as weddings and dinner parties, where they are expected to converse with others – possibly strangers - at their table
  • Parents attending school sports meetings, awards evenings or other functions at which they’ll be faced with having to chat to other parents, many of whom they may not know
  • Business people and journalists who regularly attend seminars, product launches, client cocktail parties and networking events, who need to talk to – and make a good impression on – others present
  • Anyone wanting to ensure a constant stream of social invitations; being known as a good person to have at a party
  • Those wanting to avoid the stigma of being labelled as 'dull, boring and the one NOT to invite'[

Format

A one-hour talk, with a PowerPoint presentation.

Past Audiences

I have given this talk to the following audiences:

  • Batswadi Pharmaceuticals
  • Dee Vowels’ Ladies Fundraiser Tea for Headway Natal
  • Headway Natal - KwaZulu-Natal Head Injuries Association
  • Pinetown Christian Church
  • St Dominic’s Catholic Church - Forum Group
  • Tea With Claire

Comments  

# Jaya Leslie
"It is interesting and helpful - especially if you have difficulty in large gatherings."
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# Mel Stevens
Enjoyable. Go. (Listen to the talk)
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# Angela Joubert
Very interesting, I learnt a lot.
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# Jenny Staniforth
So so good. I learnt a great deal from it.
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# Merlene Asari
Very interesting, informative. Learnt a lot.
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# Sally Sinclair
"Do it! You won't be sorry."
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# Roland Andrews
"Just do it!"
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# Lolly Enoch
"You will enjoy this talk."
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# Andrea Naidoo
"Good tips on conversational skills."
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# Lindy Phyfer
"This talk will help you if you find social situations daunting. Really helpful, practical suggestions."
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# Joa Meyer - Psychologist Headway-Natal
"Well presented. Informative material. Positive interactive experience. Come to learn and be inspired."
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# Ian Vowles - Manager Headway Natal
"Very relevant and interesting. You will enjoy interfacing with people more!"
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# Dee Laubscher
"If you battle with confidence, shyness, this would be a good start."
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# Mel Stevens
"Enjoyable.Go. (Listen to the talk)"
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# Angela Joubert
"Very interesting, I learnt a lot."
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# Jenny Staniforth
"So so good.I learnt a great deal from it."
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# Merlene Asari
"Very interesting, informative. Learnt a lot."
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# Roland Andrews
"Just do it!"
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# Jaya Leslie
"It is interesting and helpful - especially if you have difficulty in large gatherings."
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# Lolly Enoch
"You will enjoy this talk."
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# Andrea Naidoo
"Good tips on conversational skills."
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# Sally Sinclair
"Do it! You won't be sorry."
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# Charlotte Rampathy - Psychology Honours Student
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