How can I have better professional conversations?
I'm a pretty good talker between friends and in casual settings but haven't really had a chance to flex my professional speaking skills. In terms of future internship employers and professors, what are some good, non invasive topics to carry easy conversation?
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Erykah, interesting question. Being able to talk and interact with people professionally, and different types of people in general in professional setting, is often an overlooked vital characteristic trait. Being able to talk an interact with people is important because on a minutely basis you will be talking to someone in a professional setting. While it may seem like a daunting task, don't sweat it; the more your treat professional conversations like a casual one, the better off you will be. What I mean by this is that the more you treat professional conversations as special and high-stress, the more anxious and pressured you will. Breathe, and behave as you normally would.
By this I don't swear and use really informal English, but don't treat these conversations as overly formal. IF you speak in a overly professional, scientific, awkward manner, the more you are going to creep out your coworkers and you probably will not be successfully in your conversations. I normally am a humorous person, and this does not change at work; sure I don't tell graphic dirty jokes at work, but I still use humor in my conversations. Practice will make perfect, talk to adults more, put yourself out in professional situations, and engage when you are in the workplace; the more you are in professional situations the better you will become in professional conversations.
Austin recommends the following next steps:
I would recommend avoiding politics and religion in conversations that take place in a professional or work setting. If the topics are unavoidable, remember that everyone is entitled to have their own opinion and beliefs, and remain respectful.
Topics that are usually safe to discuss include: How they got into the career/field they work in, or what their future plans are.
Most importantly, be respectful, don't judge, listen, be don't be afraid to apologize, and never intend offense.
I agree with the advice so far! I found this TED Talk (11 minutes) might be interesting to watch:
It's called "10 ways to have a better conversation". Celeste Headlee talks about conversations with all kinds of people AND the importance of listening to others.
Hope you enjoy, be calm, be yourself, and you'll do well!