The Practical Art of Making Conversation

Whether you are at a formal function or an informal gathering you will be called upon to make conversation with others. Mastering this skill - either one-on-one or conversations in small groups - is thus an important life skill as it will give you the confidence you need to handle both business and social events.

This practical course covers the fundamentals of conversation such as how to start a conversation with someone you don’t know; effective introductions to ease the way for others; how to be interesting rather than boring and how to include everyone in the conversation. We also touch on non-verbal (body) language.

Who Should Attend

Everyone can benefit from improved conversation skills especially:

  • Executives and managment who frequently attend business functions

  • Sales Reps who have to entertain clients at luncheons, dinners and cocktail parties

  • Media personell who must attend numerous social functions and make a good impression

  • Students and young adults wanting to start their adult life with the advantage of good conversation skills

  • Parents having to socialise with teachers and other parents at school events

Course Content

Module 1: Before the Function

  • Attitude
  • Intentions for the function
  • Preparing conversation starters
  • Role plays

Module 2: During the function

  • Using your body language to create a good impression
  • Including everyone in the conversation
  • Vocabulary
  • Making introductions
  • Avoiding boredom
  • Role plays

Format & Duration

The course is mostly practical as participants will have many opportunities to role-play real conversations. Shy people should not worry about being ‘put on the spot’ as the course is fun and non-threatening.

One full-day course (9am - 4:30pm)

Course Pack

Your investment includes the following:

  • A full set of course notes

  • One free telephonic/Skype consultation (max. 30 mins)

  • Course certificate *


This is not an accredited course, so does not constitute an academic qualification. Participants will receive a certificate acknowledging they have attended the course.


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