Although reading has many obvious benefits, do you realize it can help you sharpen your conversational skills, too? If you feel anxious about attending a party or social gathering where you don’t know anyone, reading can bring you greater confidence.
You can impress people with your ability to carry on an interesting conversation because exposing yourself to new information through reading provides you with a plethora of subjects to talk about.
Try these strategies for using reading to improve your conversational skills:
Scan the headlines. When reading your morning newspaper, look over the headlines and titles first.
Whether you get the paper delivered to your house or read the local news online, look over all the article headings. Upon finding a subject that appeals to you, read the article. What do you think about it? Is there anything the article left out? Do you trust the reporting?
Take note of topics that are currently trending.
Popular and current subjects give you a good idea of what people are talking about. If you read those types of news articles, you’ll definitely have something of interest to share with others.
Plus, trending topics are constantly updated, so expect to learn a little more each day over the life of a trend. If one topic, in particular, has been covered repeatedly in the news lately, you’ve discovered a subject that others will probably enjoy discussing.
Formulate an opinion.
Know your own feelings and ideas regarding a particular subject you read about. Although it’s helpful to be able to describe facts from an article, you’ll have an even richer conversation if you add in your thoughts, ideas, and experiences related to the subject matter.
Sit back and listen to others. Pay attention to conversations going on around you. Someone might mention a subject you just read about.
Reading is an effective method of gathering and storing information to talk about at the next social gathering you attend. A person who is well-read can be great entertainment at get-togethers and provide plenty of grist for some titillating conversations.
Although reading is wonderful all on its own, using it to easily strengthen your conversational skills brings you even more rewards.
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