Learn to use “conversation threading” to (almost always!) know what to say next in a conversation

A resource I’ve just discovered that my shy friends might enjoy and find helpful (FYI: The “conversation threading” technique that Sean Cooper describes in this video is also my #1 how-to-keep-a-conversation-going technique. . . .and honestly, I think it’s a key reason I’m not AT ALL shy now — even though as a little child I was SUPER-shy — because I now know I’ll basically NEVER experience the embarrassment of running out of ideas for keeping the conversation going, even when the person I’m talking to is a stranger):

15-minutes-per-day task: Choose one of the easy or more difficult OPI topics, set a timer for three minutes (It’s good to practice responding for 3 minutes to an OPI topic, even though the raters will only require you to respond for 2 minutes. . . .because then you will know you can easily produce more 2 minutes of natural-sounding talk) and begin talking about the topic. Whenever you run out of ideas for what to say that’s directly related to the topic, “thread” your talk in the direction of some related point. Do this for 3 minutes or until you’ve “threaded” your talk in a new direction at least 5 times. (I can basically guarantee you’ll run out of time long before you manage to “thread” your talk that many times!)


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