How to have an effective one-on-one conversation

Having a one-on-one conversation can be the most effective way to get your message across, but there are things you need to consider.

Firstly, the environment of the conversation; is the room too noisy? Is the temperature OK and is the other person likely to feel comfortable?

If you have any control over where the conversation takes place, make sure you create the right environment for the outcome you want to achieve.

Secondly, it's vital to build rapport with the other person, even if you haven't met them before. Smile, be friendly and approachable and ask open-ended questions to help them feel comfortable. Discovering you have something in common is a powerful way to build connection.

And thirdly, focus on them, not you. Even if you have something crucial to say, lead with their need. Allow them to feel heard and respected. That approach will help open up the channels of communication and you're much more likely to get a result you’re both happy with.

In one-on-one conversations, be sure not to make it all about your needs. Your approach will influence how the interaction unfolds, so make it a positive experience for all involved.

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