We've all been there: you're in the middle of a conversation, everything is going swimmingly, and then the awkward silence appears out of nowhere.
At that point, your mind goes blank, you have no idea what to say, and you can see the other person's eyes wandering as they look for someone else to talk to.
That scenario stinks, so here are some pointers to ensure you never run out of things to say in a conversation again.
1- Select an intriguing topic.
Choose a broad topic for your first conversation, and think of one to which everyone can relate, this will give everyone a sense of belonging, and this is an excellent way to encourage everyone to share their thoughts.
2- Break the ice.
There may be some awkwardness among the group at first, but you can help break the ice, and each member in the conversation is simply waiting for someone to do this.
You can accomplish this by telling a joke and making them laugh, you could also begin by telling a story, this may encourage them to tell their story as well, then everything will fall into place.
3- Obtain participation from everyone.
When starting a conversation, it may be necessary to introduce people to each other, that is, if you don't know each other or if some of the people in the room don't.
Then, invite one of your groups to contribute to the discussion by connecting them, you could also simply relate one person to another based on their similarities to encourage dialogue.
4- Do not use questions to drill.
This should be avoided, especially when only one person is being asked, the individual may believe he or she is facing a firing squad.
Asking a person too many questions may make him or her feel uncomfortable, you may give that person a reason to leave the conversation if you do so, and others may be uncomfortable as well, as they may believe they will be asked next.