close
Advertisement

6 Magic Phrases That Can Save an Awkward Conversation

A compliment, a question, and a game can get anyone to like you. Memorise them.

Advertisement
1. Pay a compliment
1. Pay a compliment
iStock
Why is it so easy to forget someone’s name within seconds of meeting them? Because, you weren’t really listening—you were too busy thinking about what to say next. One easy way to skirt that natural selfishness and propel any conversation forward is to open with flattery. When you meet someone for the first time, 'Pay that person a compliment when repeating their name, thus helping to anchor and embed it even deeper into your memory,' says professional mentalist Oz Pearlman, who sometimes has to remember the names of hundreds of people he just met for his act. If you compliment Alyssa on her necklace, you instantly prime your brain to recall her name the next time you see that necklace, Pearlman says. 'As a bonus, everyone enjoys flattery, so that compliment can go a long way toward you being remembered as well.'


Advertisement

More in Tips/Advice

12 myths about Apple Cider Vinegar you should stop believing right now

12 myths about Apple Cider Vinegar you should stop believing right now

A quick search on the internet shows that apple cider vinegar has reached almost cult-status as a miracle worker for all sorts of applications. But how much of this is based on fact, and how much on hype? These apple cider vinegar rumours need debunking.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar can have amazing benefits - but not if you drink it like this

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar can have amazing benefits - but not if you drink it like this

Don’t stop reaping the benefits that come along with apple cider vinegar – just make sure you're doing it the right way.

10 soothing scents that can boost your immune system

10 soothing scents that can boost your immune system

Evidence is growing that essential oils can help fight a variety of ailments.
7 silent signs you may have clogged arteries

7 silent signs you may have clogged arteries

These surprising clues can point to clogged arteries and underlying heart disease.
12 trusted home remedies that will only make you worse

11 trusted home remedies that will only make you worse

Natural doesn’t always equal safe when it comes to your body.

Advertisement