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What To Say Afeter You Say Hello

csno01csno01 Member Posts: 208 Pioneering
Hi Everyone,

Have you ever sensed that awkwardness of not knowing what to say after you have said hello? I struggle with this and was wondering what I could do to help me get better at it. Suggestions welcome. 

Thank you


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,085 Disability Gamechanger

    It all depends on who you are talking to and your relationship with the person 

    Is it first time you are talking to them? Why are you saying hello to them 
    What do you want to get out of the conversation etc 
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 275 Pioneering
    How;re things with you?  What's going on with you?  Be interested and caring x
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

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    Good morning @csno01. I've definitely felt this awkwardness and can then overthink it which results in me stumbling over my words. 
    I think like most things, practice can help. The more conversations you engage in, the more you can potentially pick up and use in your next conversation. 

    Is there anyone you find it easier to talk to?
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  • csno01csno01 Member Posts: 208 Pioneering

    I guess my friends who I see regularly, although there are other people I also know, but unfortunately, not ass well. I guess this is normal. Do you know of any tips or resources which could be of use please? 

    You mention over thinking. I do this a lot and think about what I want to say beforehand. I guess this could be both a good and bad thing?
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,413 Disability Gamechanger
    We have just had a delivery and it went like this me:"Hi how are you? been busy?"
    him: "hi i'm fine thanks and yes its always busy"
    then the conversation moved on.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,959

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    edited March 28
    I'll keep an eye out for resources, but this is something I also experience @csno01. Something I've found that has helped is having some 'emergency topics' I can rely on if I find myself struggling to know what to say during a conversation. Perhaps a funny story, or something about an interesting thing I've recently watched or read.

    You can also use the environment around you as a prompt, as it's some immediate and obvious common ground. For example, mentioning the people around you, or discussing the location you're in. I find that sometimes helps ease me into a conversation.

    Asking the other person questions is a classic tip. You don't need to interrogate them, but asking general questions can help you find out what you might have in common with them. They'll also hopefully ask questions back, which can help get the discussion flowing a bit more too. 

    I've also found acknowledging the awkwardness helps a lot of the time. I try to own it. Saying something like 'ahhh sorry I'm a little awkward today' (there are definitely better options I can't think of right now :D) can help to ease the tension, and lets the other person know that they might need to lead the conversation at first. 

    Yeah I think overthinking has pros and cons. I find some benefit to thinking about what I might like to say beforehand, but thinking about it too much makes me less relaxed and the conversation feels more stunted. 

    I'd second the advice to practise as much as you can with those you find it easier to talk to. Practising with strangers online can work too, as although the style is clearly different you can still practise bringing up topics, changing topics, reacting to what others have said, and so on. 
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,609 Disability Gamechanger
    The weather is always good to start with, lovely day etc.
    avoid getting too personal too quickly , eg “wow, I like your boots, certainly won’t blow over wearing those will you!” Etc.
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,535 Pioneering
    I tend to waffle on to strangers, I mean I don't go out my way but like at the bus stop etc, I've gone in local shop and talked to a stranger who was in same  shop and weve walked all way back up the street having a conversation, 
    Weather's a good topic we all like moaning about it lol, depends who your talking to, your surroundings and why your talking to them, 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,426 Disability Gamechanger
    I find other people usually start talking as soon as there's a gap...  The problem arises when two introverts meet up!  :D

    Overthinking and planning conversations doesn't often go well for me so I'm not sure I'd recommend that.  I find people don't respond in the way I'd expected which then throws me of for the rest of the conversation.  I wish I could 'just chat' like most people seem to be able to. 
  • innocent21innocent21 Posts: 35 Connected
    Everyone tends to have their own repertoire of the types of things they talk about and the way they start conversations with people they aren't familiar with.

    I shy away from small talk. I find it dire. I can't speak for other people but I either talk about how much something sucks as a passing comment, or I make an observation by comparing one thing to another thing.

    Are you interested in any self help books on Amazon about social skills and being a good conversationalist?
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