|April 02 2012 | written by: admin|
|Good Vibrations Part Two|
Wendy Hunsaker continues her very helpful clues, tips and pointers to get conversation happening at your next get together.
Just to re-cap . . .
I’m picking up good vibrations
The wonderful party vibe of chat and music – such great sounds when people are enjoying themselves. But how do you ensure it happens, especially at dinner parties which aren’t always so easy to keep humming?
Chatting at a dinner party
Reflecting on one of history’s most expert conversationalists, Jesus Christ remains the perfect example of meaningful conversation over a meal. In fact, the Bible records far more about Jesus’ teaching while dining than in the synagogue or temple. Often his words while sharing a meal changed a life forever. There are some great resources for meaningful conversations available at Post Offices and games shops.
Examples of spiritual questions include:
Maintaining good conversation
Unlike Jesus, we can be distracted, giving careless attention to others. Unfortunately, this lesson became very clear to me several years ago.
Before we moved from London, I made plans to have a final lunch with my friend Catherine. We selected a snazzy new restaurant that we were both eager to try. Just after we were seated, Catherine became concerned that pieces of her new antique dining setting were missing. This escalated into two phone calls to her husband and an immovable topic of conversation. I can’t even remember what the restaurant looked like or what I tasted. I only remember that an opportunity to celebrate a friendship before my move to another country was lost, even though the furniture pieces were found a few hours later.
Catherine’s focus centred on her furniture crisis, which was interesting to one person present but not two. To avoid conversation straying into unwanted territory, ask yourself, “Is this person part of the problem or the solution?” If the answer is ‘neither’, then consider changing the subject. Find one that will allow you to focus on your guest and enjoy yourself. This will keep good, good, good vibrations in your conversations!
Wendy Hunsaker is the author of SENSEational Parties.