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More Conversation Skills

Initiating a Conversation
  • Acceptable Proximity
  • Listening Position
  • Introduces him/herself
  • Uses appropriate greeting
  • Returns a greeting
  • Initiates conversation at appropriate time
  • Interrupts a conversation at an appropriate time
  • Chooses an appropriate topic for audience
  • Appropriately joins a conversation already in progress
  • Welcomes others into a conversation in progress
  • Appropriate volume of voice for audience and situation
  • Appropriate tone of voice for audience and situation
  • Able to avoid a conversation if he/she doesn’t want to participate
  • Understands when someone does not want to participate in a conversation
Maintaining a Conversation
  • Maintains acceptable proximity
  • Maintains acceptable body position
  • Maintains volume of voice
  • Maintains tone of voice
  • Demonstrates understanding of non-verbal cues (i.e. gestures)
  • Shifts topics based on the flow of conversation
  • Asks questions to clarify information or comments
  • Knows what to do when there is a silent time during a conversation
Ending a Conversation
  • Adjusts proximity to indicate completion of conversation
  • Adjusts position to indicate completion of conversation
  • Adjusts volume of voice
  • Understands the cues for ending a conversation (i.e. silence for a certain amount of time, partner showing signs of boredom or needing to leave)
  • Understands how to end the conversation (slowly vs. abruptly)
  • Uses appropriate closing remark
  • Uses appropriate closing gestures (i.e. wave)
General Conversation Skills
  • Keeps eye contact with listening audience.
  • Talks with rather than at the person.
  • Waits for his/her turn to talk.
  • Speaks loudly enough to be easily heard.
  • Speaks at a rate that others can understand.
  • Adjusts tone of voice for statements, exclamations, and questions.
  • Speaks without saying "uh" or "you know" or using other such expressions.
  • Chooses words and phrases appropriate to the subject and audience.
  • Speaks in complete sentences.
  •  Speaks in smoothly connected phrases.
  • Speaks in sentences that are grammatically correct. 
  • Keeps his/her focus on the subject.
  • Responds appropriately to the audience's reaction.
  • Ends discussion of a subject at the appropriate time, keeping in mind the attention span of the audience.
  • Does not needlessly repeat what has been said or asked.
  • Forms clear, relevant questions for further clarification or information.
  • Speaks words clearly, without exaggeration, distortion, additions, substitutions, or omissions.
  • Performs social courtesies, such as greeting others, using titles, and making introductions. 
  • Willingly and confidently engages in conversation.