Conversation Chemistry

How do you make a conversation interesting?

Most conversations are like baking soda. In itself, baking soda is a boring white powder. With a few drops of vinegar though, it bubbles, spurts and gurgles to life. The standard recipe for a primary school science fair is a volcano, with baking soda, vinegar and red food colouring.

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Image credits: Ryan Dickey

In conversation, some topics stay superficial and do not elicit more than a standard, canned response. These are the usual questions about the weather, our jobs and how life is in whichever city we live in.

Everybody has unique interests, and through their words and mannerisms, they leave us clues to what these interests are. It is an art to pick up on these hints and direct the conversation one way or the other. The best conversations are onto this clues like sniffer dogs are to a scent.

The standard recipe for an engaging conversation is to gauge what the other person is passionate about, nudge the conversation towards those topics and listen intently. The more attention you pay, the deeper they are likely to delve.

With these ingredients the conversation erupts into life. Just like a volcano in a science fair.

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