How to keep the conversation going in three words or less
You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases you can reply using three words or less.
Here are some ways of doing that:
Make a comment
Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!”
Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful” or “How terrible”.
Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.
Encourage the other person
If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”
Ask a question
In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.
“Really?” – to show surprise.
“Did you?” – can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.
“I heard from Pete yesterday.”
“Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”
Over to you
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