Often, saying nothing is worse
than accidentally
saying the wrong thing.

The Deep Dive

Some ways to practice “saying something” to start a conversation (and a boom box with Peter Gabriel loaded on it is over-kill):

  • Smile and introduce yourself to someone you don’t know (or have not officially met)
    • It’s only human to feel anxiety about saying hello or introducing yourself.  They might be feeling the same way.  So, be the courageous one and take the lead.
    • Worse thing that can happen; you meet someone again for the first time
  • Ask someone who looks worried, sad or distracted, “is everything okay?”
    • A little empathy goes a long, long way.
  •  Express an opinion, even if you’re a little nervous about
    •  Maybe you will start a conversation and learn something new (or change someone else’s mind)
  • Stop and think:  Is this the right time and place?
    • Do you really know your audience?  Do you have enough information to jump into the conversation? Will you add value to the conversation?
  • Don’t wait for the prefect time or the perfect words
    • Again, a little empathy goes a long, long way
  • Try asking a question instead of stating when what you really want is to state an opinion
    • Maybe the best you can achieve right now is a little more information or to show you are interested
    • A good step in turning advocacy in to inquiry