Continuing Conversations

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Conversations can start off in a number of ways, but very few conversations that begin with a formal or informal greeting actually lead to a constructive discussion. It depends upon a number of factors, including the interest areas and compatibility of the speakers and also the objective of the conversation. However, it is interesting to know how simple conversations can turn into long-lasting relations or happening business deals.

Conversations can start off in a number of ways, but very few conversations that begin with a formal or informal greeting actually lead to a constructive discussion.It depends upon a number of factors, including the interest areas and compatibility of the speakers and also the objective of the conversation. However, it is interesting to know how simple conversations can turn into long-lasting relations or happening business deals.
Finding Friends:
What’s the big deal in making friends, many of you might be wondering. Sure, there is no big conquest involved in it, and that is what makes it most important of all. You can start a conversation, but after the exchange of a few words, (well, let’s extend it to sentences), you might feel like it is not going anywhere and any one of the parties quits the conversation. But if it is a successful conversation, it might lead to a second chance of meeting at the nearby coffee shop or food outlet.
I have heard of successful conversations starting at the most unlikeliest places; yes, inside an office elevator, shopping mall washroom, or even in a fish market.In the first instance, two people were stuck inside an elevator, when it came to a sudden halt after a power cut. Apparently in a very unpleasant situation, (being stuck in the airless and dark elevator with a stranger is not something very amusing, I guess), the two started interacting, and eventually as one of them offered to call up the security, it was revealed that they both were working for the same employers, only they have not met as yet.
Then I also heard of two women who met in a washroom of a shopping mall. One of them had come to buy some stuff for her daughter, when the child felt like puking and had to be taken to the washroom. The other lady, (a trained nurse) was doing a quick touch up for a night out with her boyfriend, offered help. And within a very short span of time the duo came closer and soon cell numbers were exchanged and they kept in touch. Here, we see how a human act binds together two ladies, who were strangers even a minute back.
It is what you want to give to the other side; attention, help, concern, or just a passing glance. Also, if you are ready to take what the other person offers, help or counsel is important. The readiness to trust someone whom you do not know is required at times, which the mother of the sick child in the shopping mall did.
Incidents of meeting new people in fish market may be quite common, but not everyone has the experience of finding a good friend. One of my friends, a regular customer in the fish market was haggling with a fish seller, as usual. The latter was persistently refusing to sell below a certain weight (which, of course my friend was not willing to buy). Then came a fellow gentleman, who advised the seller to split the fish to half and wanted to buy the bigger chunk. My friend was relieved not only because his problems was solved, but also because the gentleman haggled further to bring down the price.
Interesting Interviews:
Perhaps HR executives are some of the luckiest creatures on the earth! It is because they get to meet a wide spectrum of people every day. Some of them are met in person, while some are interacted over the phone- both equally intriguing.


Submitted: May 28, 2010

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