It’s a huge paradox. We grew up being told, “Don’t talk to strangers”. Then as adults we’re expected to do just the opposite. Certainly if you’re in business or sell for a living.
So learning the art of conversation (especially if you’re an absolute introvert who’d prefer to sit curled up in the corner) is essential to forming deep relationships. Both in life and work.
This TED talk on “7 Ways to Make Conversation With Anyone” by Malavika Varadan covers great ways to do just that. Well worth watching if you’re the shy retiring type. And even if you’re not! Because let’s face it. There’s nothing worse than being a conversational bore.