Begin Conversations

Strategies for Students

When initiating verbal communication, try following these steps:

1. Ensure that the person is available

    • Are they already in conversation?
    • Are they focused on an important task?
    • Are they busy?

2. Get their attention

    • Raise your hand
    • Say their name
    • Make eye contact
      • etc.

3. Communicate efficiently

    • Face the person while speaking and make eye contact
    • Ensure that they are listening, pause if needed
    • Be appreciative of their time and attention