Starting a conversation with a complete stranger can be a little intimidating, and sometimes you don’t know what to say. Use the FORD technique the next time you meet someone to avoid those awkward silences.
We’ve already talked about how you can turn small talk into a full conversation, but the FORD technique is a quick and easy method that you can use anywhere with any person. FORD is an acronym that stands for:
Think of a couple questions for each category, keep them saved in your memory bank, and you should be able to start up a lasting conversation with anyone you meet. You could even think of a few follow-up questions or sentences that can help move things along and show you’re actively listening.
Making the coversation about the other person is a surefire way to get them engaged, learn about them and most importantly, establish the points of common interest – the key to building a sustainable relationship.
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