How to Have a Conversation Again


As you prepare to reënter “normal” life, it’s natural to feel anxious about socializing in person. One of the major building blocks of interacting with other people is “conversation.” You may feel uncomfortable, but, rest assured, human beings have been having conversations for literally hundreds of years. And, as with sex, there’s no substitute for hard work and preparation.

So, what do you talk about? It’s no longer acceptable to delve into your personal experience of being in quarantine. Many other previously reliable topics have already been exhausted as well. Specifically—food, Netflix, dogs, Wi-Fi strength, and Randy Rainbow. You need discussion points that feel natural yet also fresh. Here’s where the preparation comes in. You want to show up with phrases and subjects (even props) at the ready to fill the awkward silence.

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