One of the nice aspects of apartment living is the opportunity to build relationships and to network. This is especially true of Orlando apartments with large common community areas like NorthBridge at Millenia Lake. Residents appreciate our large resort-style pools and lounge area and the opportunities they present for socializing. If you are looking to improve your conversation skills, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Find Common Ground
The easiest ways to begin a conversation is by bringing up a subject you have in common. This may be your city, the weather or food or beverages you may be enjoying. Make a conscious effort to keep comments positive.
Ask Open-Ended Questions
It can be a struggle maintaining a conversation when most of the answers can be responded to with a simple “yes” or “no.” Instead, ask questions that may require more of an explanation. “What do you like best about living in Orlando?” will likely solicit a better response than “Do you like it here?”
Use Sincere Compliments
Offering a sincere compliment is an excellent way to start a conversation, but avoid getting too personal. Complimenting a person on a piece of clothing, shoes or sunglasses is acceptable. However, complimenting them on their eyes or other personal features may send alarms.
Focus on the Other Person
Make eye contact and pay full attention to what the other person is saying in a conversation. Far too often we get wrapped up in our next response or in our quest for one-upmanship that conversations become superficial. If you’ve ever been in a conversation with someone who is constantly looking elsewhere, you can understand what a conversation killer that can be.
Remember to Use Non-Verbal Forms of Communication
Important parts of conversations are the non-verbal aspects. A handshake, smile, nod or other gestures can help solidify communications with another and even provide added energy.
Avoid the Temptation to Interrupt
One simple way to improve your conversational skills is to let the person you are talking to finish their thought before responding. This demonstrates that you are not trying to monopolize the conversation while providing you more time to give a thoughtful response.
At NorthBridge at Millenia Lake, we understand the important role social aspects play in apartment life for many. We encourage you to take advantage of our common areas. If you know someone who would make a great neighbor, invite them to learn more about living in our luxury, amenity-filled Orlando apartments.