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Interactive video lesson plan for: How to Guide a Conversation

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We've all been there. Here's what to do next time the conversation has taken a wrong turn.

Step 1: Interrupt the person
Interrupt the person politely during a pause in the conversation and take control of the discussion.

Step 2: Comment on situation
Make a comment on your surroundings. This can help redirect a conversation if a discussion stalls or becomes uncomfortable.

Step 3: Give them a compliment
Give the person speaking a compliment on their appearance or attitude, which will change the focus of the discussion.

Step 4: Ask how and why questions
Ask a how or why question about another topic to open up a different conversation.

Be confident and look them in the eye when speaking.

Step 5: Start a new conversation
Start a new conversation with someone else if you're with other people and the one who’s talking becomes obsessive about something dull.

Did You Know?
Spending 10 minutes talking to another person can help improve your memory.

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