How to Keep a Conversation Flowing

One way to keep a conversation flowing is to ask open -ended questions.  These are questions that require more than a yes, no, or one word answer.  After asking the question, be prepared to listen and show interest by nodding your head, making eye contact, and/or voicing an occasional word of expression such as “really”, “interesting”, or “I agree”.

Examples of open-ended questions:

How do you know the bride/groom?

Why are the ________ and the ____ your favorite teams?

What do you think makes “American Idol” a top rated show?

What do you enjoy most about rock climbing?

Tell me about your last vacation?

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