How To Never Run Out Of Things To Say

Nov 9, 2021

Have you ever found yourself twiddling your thumbs, unsure of what to say next in a conversation? Or perhaps you’ve experienced that awkward moment when a discussion reaches a natural end, leaving you with nothing more to contribute but silence. Don’t worry; you’re not alone in these situations. In this video, I will show you how to never run out of things to say. Let’s dive right in!

Paradigm Shift: Embracing Curiosity over Pressure 

Let’s start with a perspective shift that will alleviate the pressure of always having to come up with the perfect thing to say. As we ascend the ladder of leadership, we often realize that having all the answers is no longer feasible. Instead, we need to become masters of asking questions. By speaking in sentences that end in question marks rather than periods, we unlock a world of endless possibilities. Curiosity becomes our greatest asset, allowing us to tap into the collective knowledge of those we converse with.

Practical Tips:

  • Begin meetings or gatherings with a thought-provoking question instead of a statement.
  • Train yourself to respond to others’ statements with a question, rather than a simple affirmation or statement.

The Power of “Yes, And” 

In college, I learned a valuable lesson during an improv class. When faced with uncertainty, my improv colleagues taught me the power of “yes, and.” In a scene, conversation, or meeting, responding with “yes, and” opens doors for collaboration and creativity. It means embracing and building upon what others offer, rather than dismissing or going off on tangents. By adopting the mindset of a conversational construction worker, we can construct remarkable conversations that inspire and engage.

Practical Tips:

  • Whenever you feel stuck or run out of things to say, respond with “yes, and” to build upon the previous idea.
  • Cultivate a mindset of adding value and making conversations better.

The Road Trip Method: Finding Inspiration in Your Surroundings 

Imagine being on a road trip, the world whizzing past you at 60-70 miles per hour. In that dynamic environment, countless stimuli pass by, most unnoticed and unmentioned. Now, imagine bringing that level of attentiveness to your everyday conversations. By employing the Road Trip Method, you open your eyes and tune in to the details of your surroundings. Even in mundane environments, taking a moment to observe and reflect can provide fuel for conversation and ignite new topics to explore.

Practical Tips:

  • Take a minute of calm and quiet to notice what’s around you, letting it serve as inspiration for conversation.
  • Use the Road Trip Method to spark curiosity and engage with your environment.

Incorporating these three ideas into your conversational toolkit will transform the way you engage with others. By shifting your mindset from providing answers to asking questions, embracing the power of “yes, and,” and adopting the Road Trip Method, you’ll never find yourself at a loss for words. Remember, conversations are opportunities for growth, connection, and creativity. So let’s embark on this journey together and become masters of meaningful conversations.

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