047 How to maintain a one-to-one conversation

How to maintain a one-to-one conversation


Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the Art of Business English This week we are going to work on some useful skills for maintaining a conversation with an individual in English. I know that many people find it difficult to feel confident in social situations and trying to maintain a conversation can be difficult when you are not sure what to say or when you are not feeling very confident. This can be made worse if you are talking to a native person.


If you are the type of person who struggles with social English or you find yourself not knowing what to say, then you are going to love today’s episode. In the episode I will be showing you how to listen for key words and how to use open questions to promote dialogue.


With that being said, let’s look at what is covered in today’s episode. By the end of today’s lesson, you will know the following:


  • How to start a conversation with a person
  • How to use different question types
  • How to use intonation to show interest
  • How to use keywords and the power of listening for elaborating on a topic
  • Simple questions for maintaining a conversation


Let’s get things started.





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Andrew Ambrosius is the Director of Castells Immerscom and The Art of Business English. A specialist in Business English training and online course development.