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Party conversation tricks

November 28, 2004

· Read a newspaper or listen to a newscast before the party. It can be a good conversation starter.

· Introduce yourself or another person in an interesting way. Although it's actually rude for people to ask what you do, it's inevitable. Frame your introduction: Instead of just saying, "I'm a hairstylist," say I have a little salon downtown, and I specialize in ________."

· Some people don't like to talk about their work, so an alternative could be "How do you spend most of your time?"

· It can be hard to join an already-in-progress conversation among a group of people at a party. Stand by for a bit, listen to pick up a word or two, and join in with something relevant.

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· "Well, I'll let you mingle" is a good exit line when you want to move on.

· If you get stuck with a lull in the conversation, invite the person you're with to "come and tell so and so." Then you can leave and find someone else to start a conversation with.

- Source: Leil Lowndes (www.lowndes.com on the Web)

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