“According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.�? - Jerry Seinfeld
We all know that public speaking strikes fear in the average person. While getting up on a stage in front of an audience can definitely be nerve wracking, many people find striking up a conversation one-on-one just as intimidating.
Whether at a cocktail party with strangers or in an elevator with the CEO of our company, most of us have been in an awkward situation where we are unsure what to say.
For Bernard Marr, one of the biggest tips for better conversations is asking questions. Not just any questions but the right questions. If you struggle engaging in successful conversations, you may be asking too many closed questions, those requiring a short answer like “yes�? or “no�?. Instead, try asking open-ended questions which lend to longer answers and further conversation.
Read more about Marr’s tricks for how to ask the right questions and prepare for successful conversations (click here).