6 Tips to Have a Fruitful Conversation

Art of conversationConversations can evoke a lot of emotions. Those emotions may be daunting, they may be awkward or they might just be monotonous. But, when you are a part of the conversation, you can control more than you think without letting these emotions overtake the interaction.

Having a good conversation is all about best combination of flexibility and preparedness. You need strike the perfect balance between explaining your thoughts and idea with clarity and also knowing when to pause and check in whether your audience is following up with you. You have to be upfront about your ideas, while being open to new ideas that come into the discussion.

A successful conversation begins with establishing trust with someone. You have to build a rapport with them, and show to them that you understand what they are trying to say. You have to be respectful of their time and not come across as rude when you are telling them how you feel about their thoughts. To help you out with your conversational skills, we have jotted a few tips that would be useful to you. Read along to have a fruitful conversation:

(1) Don’t waste too much time trying to know your audience. If you have some lead time before the interaction, you can try to get a better understanding of their level of knowledge, their opinion and where they stand about the topic you’ll be discussing.

(2) You might have had a plan about how to go about with the conversation, but sometimes you might find that the dialogue is going in a slightly different direction. So, you don’t have to be too rigid about it, don’t be afraid to pivot.

(3) Don’t try to talk over someone who has interrupted you put forward his point, because if both of you talk at the same time, it will only be a mess.

(4) It is okay pause regularly, at natural intervals, because it makes it easier for the listener to digest the points. And, no it doesn’t make you any less confident.

(5) You are to be assertive, not aggressive. You can be direct, but please avoid statements like, “I don’t care” or “It is up to you”.

(6) When you are being direct, sometimes you might also have to say no. Don’t be afraid that disagreement might provoke conflict. But, you need to understand that if you don’t put your foot down, it may harm your business.

How to Resign Without Any Mess

Resign jobQuitting – when you realize you are done with the 9 to 5 routine desk jobs. Quitting – when you have another more exciting offer. Quitting – When you wish to start your business. When the time has come for you to quit your job to move on to a more challenging job, the toughest part boils down to the resignation part. How do you move out gracefully – without making any mess or causing any awkwardness?  Most importantly why is it important to exit with dignity? Well, you have invested some time, in some cases, a lot of time into the company, you’ve made some relationships, and it isn’t productive to let these relations go to waste. So this article is going to give you some tips to handle your resignation in a subtle manner:

  • Instead of saying “I have received a better offer” or “The compensation offered by this company isn’t competent enough” is exactly what you shouldn’t be mentioning as your reason of resignation. Always mention a more personal reason – “I need to cater more to my family needs” or “I have get out and find some vision and perspective from the outside world” or “I wish to pursue a personal goal and I need to free myself from all other tasks in hand”.
    When you use personal needs as your excuse to quit, no one points finger or argues.
  • Before you make your resignation official, it is important for you to not let it out. Gossips and whispers can ruin your reputation and relationships. The first person who has to know about your resignation is your boss, and then your colleagues and friends. The whole procedure needs careful planning, and you cannot avoid any rumor mills building up.
  • When you are leaving a company it is very important for you talk to everyone and be open about your reasons. Don’t leave the company in a hush-hush leaving everyone to speculations.
  • It is polite to talk to your close colleagues personally. Give your best wishes to them for their future endeavors and if possible you can invite them over to your house for dinner as a token of gratitude for their constant support and encouragement at the work place.

Things can be ended at a good note, without ending relationships. Professional relationships are always helpful, you never know who may prove extremely helpful in your new phases of work and life.