I have realized that the problem for me is not that I can’t continue a conversation, but I have social anxiety. When I’m calm, my skills in this category are fine. Say whatever you feel like or whatever is on your mind (that is apprropriate) and conversation is easy. 19 months ago
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How I did it: Becoming a better conversationalist basically involves being very embarassed for a while. I'd keep trying to have good conversations with people, and slowly I became less and less awkward. You have to be willing to go forth and risk feeling stupid in social settings. It seems unfair that some people are better at talking than others, but it's a growing experience. Read how I did it… 5 years ago
Changing one word makes a world of difference! “Become a great conversationalist” was one of my stated goals for a long time. Less than 10 other people were with me. I thought that was strange.
Finally, I saw the “very similar” suggestion. Switching to Become a Better Conversationalist resulted in finding hundreds of others who are interested in having great conversations.
Additional benefits include (1) less pressure! (2) more accountability. Getting better can be measured while being great is subjective. 3 years ago