Friday, September 09, 2005
How to talk to anyone: ice breaker tip #1
Seems like a good topic for a weekend when social opportunities usually pile up. Though I love meeting new people, I occasionally find myself freezing before an event. It’s usually the room full of strangers that does it.
So, I collect tips on how to break the ice.
Here’s one from How To Talk To Anyone which I plan to use myself.
Make a Mood Match
Before opening your mouth, take a “voice sample” of your listener to detect his or her state of mind. Take a “psychic photograph” of the expression to see if your listener looks buoyant, bored, or blitzed. If you ever want to bring people around to your thoughts, you must match their mood and voice tone, if only for a moment.