by Mindy Lockard on April 14, 2020

Happy DAY NINE of our #30DaysofSocialConnection…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Power Skill: Conversation Starters

We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve asked a question only to have it answered with one or two words and followed by a looooog pause. Most likely it’s because we had asked a CLOSED conversation starter (who, when, how, what) that only requires a ONE or TWO word response. However, when we ask an OPEN question using THREE Little Words:

“Tell ME About…”

we open the gateway to an actual conversation. I think we can all agree that the best and most comfortable conversations consist of multiple words being exchanged. 

Here’s how we put Conversation Starters into Practice

  1. Ask a question with “Tell ME About…”
  2. Listen to the answer and let your curiosity lead the way
  3. Find other questions that you have or aspects of the answer that you don’t know to deepen the conversation and learn more from the other person.

Family Dinner Table Talk Questions / Conversation Starters:

  1. Start with a closed question “how was your day”
  2. Then change the question to a “Tell Me About…” quesiton that you can ask to deepen the conversation.

Printables:

Looking for an easy way to have your teens feel productive during the day? Here’s our Ten-a-Day sheet that teens can fill out. This chart includes five blank spots that your teen can fill in and five family responsibility “nudges”  pre-written in to help give teens ownership and independence during these days that seem to run together… oy vey!

Printable:  Leadership Academy 10 a Day

HERE’S WHAT WE HAVE COMING UP IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS…

 

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