"A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you
about himself; and a brilliant man is one who talks to you about yourself."
- Listen before jumping into a conversation. You may not want to deal with those people.
- Make eye contact with one person in the group, smile and listen until they include you.
- Introduce yourself when there is a pause in the conversation.
- If you have something relevant to add to a group's conversation, jump in, then introduce
- To initiate a conversation, you can talk about the situation, talk about yourself, or
talk about the other person.
- Avoid taboo topics:
Don't blend; circulate. Spend five to seven minutes with each person or group.
- off-color or discriminatory jokes
- personal relationships and sexual proclivities
- personal tragedies
- cost of anything personal
- controversial topics like politics or religion
- free advice from professionals
- spouses as authorities
- " I " strain
Always remember to close a conversation. Shake hands and take your leave.