If you are the type that sits alone at a party with a hundred people just because
you don‟t know anyone there, you definitely need to improve your skills of
communication. Communication is the key to anything – making friendships,
striking business contracts, impressing people and even getting yourself a life
partner. You cannot do any of these without talking with someone.
But if talking with someone unfamiliar is something that scares the heebie-
jeebies out of you, you need a quick sizing up. Probably something is seriously
wrong there. Talking is actually one of the natural things that we do – it is as
natural as breathing for most of us – so what‟s holding you back.
Let us begin by trying to see the most important things that you will need in order
to be able to talk with anyone.
Note that I will always use the phrase „talking with someone‟ here as opposed to
„talking to someone‟. This is not about grammar, but it is more about what I
think. Talking is not something you do alone. You do it with someone. It is not
that you just keep on going blah-blah and the other person just listens. They are
talking with you too. It is a collaborated effort.