Friends Converse: Conversations, Talking with Friends. Friends and FriendshipWhen you are talking to friends: close friend, best buddy, or social acquaintance, certain follow-up procedures are important. It doesn't really matter who the person is.Try these pointers for a successful verbal exchange: 1. Always get the other person's name and always give your name. 2. During the conversation, use the other person's name at least once. 3. Always try to connect with the other person in some common interest or bond. This causes a feeling of rapport. 4. Look the other person in the eye. This doesn't mean stare at the other person. It means moving your eyes within a triangle formed by the width of the forehead at the apex narrowing to the mouth at the bottom of the triangle. 5. Minimize focus on yourself and keep the conversation on the other person. 6. Ask open-ended questions that can not be answered with a "yes" or "no" to keep the conversation rolling. There are other aspects of conversation that are also universal. They are: Smile, smile, smile, then smile some more.Be sincere. Be complimentary when the compliment is sincere.Don't mumble.Be enthusiastic and positive.Being able to carry on a comfortable conversation with a social acquaintance is a matter of practice and following these procedures in communicating. No matter how difficult it is for you to carry on a conversation with a social acquaintance now, remember that it does get easier with practice. So, practice!
Friendship is an in-depth, relaxed relationship! Friends relate. It is an in-depth relationship combining trust, support, communication, loyalty, understanding, empathy, and intimacy. These are certainly aspects of life that all of us crave. Being able to trust and relax with your friend is a big part of friendship. Remember when you were young and went with a friend to her grandma's for the week-end. It was fun but when you got home, home was wonderful. Your feeling was "I'm home. I can relax now." That's what a friendship should be. You go out into the world and do your best. You have your ups and downs, your problems and triumphs, your fun and tribulations. You charm and you perform. Then you come "home" to a friend. You can relax, put up your feet; you are relieved. If you still have to be charming and/or performing, it's not a relief. Friendship is a comfy situation like home. You get home, kick off your shoes, relax and sigh, "Ahh, home."