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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Keeping Conversations Short

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It is often said that time is money; even if you disagree with this, you surely feel that time is an important asset. Regardless of whether someone believes time to be money or leisure or fun, one thing remains constant: time is important. And even though it might seem funny to figure out how to "end conversations quickly," it is also true that you sometimes find yourself in conversations you would prefer to keep short. Regardless of whether these conversations occur with a coworker, a neighbor, or a stranger, you will have more of your "time" if you know how to keep these conversations short.

Be polite: Summoning every ounce of politeness you can muster is the best thing you can do when aiming to end a conversation quickly. In fact, you may end up finding that the conversation actually drags on longer if you are rude to the person with whom you are trying to end a conversation. If, on the other hand, you are polite and friendly, it becomes much easier to graciously end the conversation, as your counterpart can leave the conversation feeling fulfilled.

Recognize what most people want to talk about: Even though a conversation is supposed to be an exchange between two people, most poeple would much rather be engaged in a "conversation" that focuses on nothing but their own self. Allow the other person to tell you all the things they want to tell you as quickly as possible by turning every question they ask back to them, and in this way they will feel fulfilled with the conversation much more quickly.

Know how to graciously finish: Closing out a conversation is often the toughest part of keeping conversations short, as lots of people try to exit a conversation by making excuses. Instead, you should always end a conversation the same way when you are trying to keep things short: simply tell the person that it was great talking to them, and that you look forward to catching up again!

If you follow these tips, you will not only be able to keep conversations short when you need to, but you will also do so in a manner that leaves your counterpart feeling fulfilled!

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