Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tips For Keeping Conversations Short

People often say that time is money, and even if you disagree with this, you certainly feel that time is important. Regardless of whether someone believes time to be money or leisure or fun, one thing remains constant: time is important. And even though figuring out "how to keep conversations short" might seem like a funny thing to look at, it is also apparent to most people that there are some conversations they would rather end quickly. Regardless of whether these conversations end up occurring with a neighbor, a coworker, or a stranger, you will find that you have more time if you learn how to keep these conversations short.

Be polite: The best thing you can do, when aiming to end a conversation quickly, is to summon every ounce of politeness you can muster. If you try to end a conversation in a rude or abrupt manner, you may actually end up finding that the conversation drags on even longer! On the other hand, your counterpart will leave the conversation feeling fulfilled if you are polite and friendly throughout - which makes it much easier to end the conversation.

Recognize what people want to talk about: Even though conversation is intended to be a back-and-forth exchange between two people, most people truly are most enamored when they are talking about their own self. Turn every question the other person asks back to them if you are trying to keep a conversation short, as they will feel all right exiting the conversation as soon as they have told you all the things they want to tell you.

Know how to graciously finish: The toughest part of keeping conversations short is often the closing, as people try to make excuses that usually sound like exactly that: excuses. Instead, you should always end the conversation in the same, short, simple way: tell the person that you enjoyed talking with them, and say that you look forward to catching up with them again in the future.

If you follow these tips, you will not only be able to keep conversations short when you need to, but you will also do so in a manner that leaves your counterpart feeling fulfilled!

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