Often, saying nothing is worse
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