Three easy ways to start conversations at work

Many people lack social confidence and don’t want to start a conversation with strangers. Build your confidence and learn to make the first move. Start conversations, rather than waiting for someone to talk to you. To do this, you need to pay attention to what’s happening around you and adopt a friendly attitude towards everyone you meet. There are several easy situations in which you can work on this skill.

(a) In The Elevator 

If there is someone in the elevator when you enter, smile and say hello. You could ask them how their day is going or compliment them on something they are wearing. You will not be in the elevator for very long, so you don’t need to be stressed about having lots of things to say. This can simply be a short and friendly interaction to practise starting conversations. 

(b) When You Get To Work 

When you get to work in the morning, don’t walk into the office with your head down or staring at your phone. Look at the people around you, smile and say hello. This lets people know you are approachable and open to conversation. They might even start a conversation before you do.  

(c) When You Leave Work

When you’re leaving work for the day, smile and say things like, “Have a nice evening” or “See you tomorrow!”. This reminds people that you are friendly and willing to talk. You could try asking someone if they have plans for the evening. This could lead to follow-up questions the next day.

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