Friendship requires conversation. Friends and acquaintances talk. Being able to carry on a comfortable conversation with a social acquaintance is a matter of practice and following these procedures in communicating. It also works for best friends, too.


Friends Converse: Conversations, Talking with Friends.
Friends and Friendship

Joy Stevens

Friendship requires conversation. Friends and acquaintances talk. 

When you are talking to friends: close friend, best buddy, or social acquaintance, certain follow-up procedures are  important. It  doesn't  really matter who the person is.

Try these pointers for a successful verbal exchange:

1. Always get the other person's name and always give your name.

2. During  the  conversation, use the other person's name  at  least once.

3. Always try to connect with the other person in some common interest or bond. This causes a feeling of rapport.

4. Look the other person in the eye. This doesn't mean stare at the other person. It means moving your eyes within a triangle  formed by  the width of the forehead at the apex narrowing to the  mouth at the bottom of the triangle.

5. Minimize focus on yourself and keep the conversation on the other person.

6. Ask open-ended questions that can not be answered with a "yes" or "no" to keep the conversation rolling.

There are other aspects of conversation that are also universal. They are:

  • Smile, smile, smile, then smile some more.
  • Be sincere.
  • Be  complimentary when the compliment is sincere.
  • Don't mumble.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive.

Being able to carry on a comfortable conversation with a social acquaintance is a matter of practice and following these procedures in communicating.

No matter how difficult it is for you to carry on a  conversation with  a social acquaintance now, remember that it does get  easier with practice.

So, practice!



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The Friendship Factor How to get closer to the people you care for by Alan Loy McGionnis

We all know people who have countless friends. What is their secret?

The author writes that at the heart of each relationship is the friendship factor and that factor is the essential ingredient of warmth and caring.

The author gives you five ways to deepen all of your relationships, five guidelines for cultivating intimacy, and two ways to handle negative emotions without destroying the relationship.

Best of all McGinnis tells you how to forgive and salvage a faltering friendship or other love relationship.

This small and short (only 191 pages) paperback is quite reasonably priced. It is an excellent book to buy and keep! Book review continued.

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