In the previous section on conversation, I laid out a detailed blueprint for conversation. I explained how to build conversations that flow smoothly, feel comfortable, and lay the foundation for great relationships.
However, most social interaction takes place in a group setting, and navigating the waters of group conversation can be much trickier than one-on-one conversations.
Trickier, that is, until you know the principles behind group conversations and joining groups. And as luck would have it, those principles are what we’ll discuss next.
Group Conversation contains three lessons.
In order to successfully join a group at a social event, it’s important to make sure the group is welcoming to new members. If you know how to read a group’s body language, it’s easy to discern whether a group is open or closed to new members. In this lesson, I teach you the key signals that show a group is open to your approach.
Once you’ve identified a welcoming group, you need to walk up and start participating in the conversation. That’s easier said than done, so this lesson teaches you the practical techniques you need to join new groups and participate in group conversations.
Once you’ve begun participating in a group conversation, how do you make sure that the conversation continues to flow smoothly? And how do you speak up in conversations where you feel uncomfortable or on the outskirts? This lesson has the answers.