thanks!! will deffo work on this it really keeps the anxious thoughts away when in conversation!!Asking questions/showing a general interest in what the other person is saying is a good way to avoid awkward silences. Lots of the time people will talk on and on about themselves (not necessarily in a narcissistic way) if you give them the chance.
If only it were so. We have to worry that compliments will be taken the wrong way. Unfortunately some people are suspicious that your compliments have ulterior motives, that you are trying to get something from them. Especially if a guy compliments a girl on her clothes / hairstyle / appearance etc. lolcomplimenting someone always goes the right way and are great ways to start a conversation!
These actually sound really useful : D-Listening to more intensely, give them more space to speak and say things. Sometimes during the conversation it's a lot better to be quiet than to give a forced answer.
-Often being quiet can create a vacuum in the interaction, making the other person feel more inclined to talk more.
-Not trying to think things beforehand, but let things come spontaneously and most of all, relevant to the flow of the conversation
-Make a remark of something situational, funny is preferred
-Become a bit more vulnerable. This doesn't mean that you start to weep your sorrows to the other person, but be more open about yourself. Watch this amazing TED talk by Brené Brown
-People love stories. Even an ordinary thing can be made interesting through great storytelling (and most often is)
-Ask open ended questions, usually starting with 'why' 'what' etc. People will become more open and they are forced to say anything else than "yes" or "no".
-You want to avoid an interview, though
-Also try to ask too generic questions, try to be more creative and unique.
Here are some conversation ideas that I found from google. (Here's more ideas for creative questions)
-Avoid one-word responses, like 'yes' / 'no', no need to babble, but try to bring something more to the conversation.
-You only get one chance to notice new haircut (sometimes new clothes)
-Avoid R.A.P.E, Religion, Abortion, Politics and Economics.
-Remember F.O.R.D, Family, Occupation, Recreation and Dreams