YOU’RE ALL TALK: TIPS FOR BETTER INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Don’t hide your hands behind your back or keep them folded across your chest. The first indicates you have something to hide while the second is a defensive pose and could be seen as threatening.
Be willing to listen. If you ask a question, wait for the person to reply. It shows you value their opinion and are willing to listen to them. Provide them with thinking space to formulate their answer and reply to you before asking the next question.
In a party situation, speak less and listen more. You won’t believe the number of friends you can make just by being a patient listener. But if there’s someone who is a bore, find an escape route at the earliest.
Ask open-ended questions. For instance, instead of asking ‘How was your weekend?’ ask ‘what did you do this weekend?’