Simple Tips: Use Open-Ended Questions to Start Conversation

Open Ended- Questions are great conversation starters. Open ended questions are questions that will make a person tell you more about themselves or a topic. We have just had the Superbowl it is a great opportunity for you to practice using open-ended questions. Asking questions about the person’s favorite part of the game, commercial etc., is safe. For example, “What was your favorite Superbowl commercial?” “What did you think of the halftime show?” Be sure to listen, so you know if the person is not open to discussing  the Superbowl. Click to read more

Equipping Teens with Conversational  Etiquette in the Social Media Age

With Snapchat, texting, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc., we are able to click, like and make quick snappy comments. There is arguably a lot of benefits to social media. It has given us the ability to connect with long lost family members, share ideas with millions of people in the world and most importantly, we are able to voice our thoughts on numerous topics from fashion to politics.  But the question still remains: are we truly conversing, listening, understanding and respecting each other’s feelings and ideas?  With social media we are able to click on a post, share our opinion, post comments, and often times with very little thought to consequences. We are quick to write our opinion and judge others behind a screen using fake user names. I don’t know about you, but lately I have seen a lot of people retracting statements, apologizing for comments made in the spur of the moment and losing one’s job because of careless pictures or statements. Read more…