If there’s something you want to promote in your social media site, be it you blog, your Twitter page, or your Facebook fan page, it’s conversations. However not a lot of people are skilled in the art of conversation.
Fact is some people seem to have a knack at nipping conversations in the bud, killing it before it even has the chance to stretch out. Now, that’s just sad. You’re pretty much putting an end to your social media efforts right then and there.
Want to know how these people are doing it? Here are classic examples of ways people are killing conversations:
1. Don’t listen. You know how it’s a buzz kill when people say something that’s totally unrelated to the topic in an actual conversation? It does the same in web conversations, too.
Why not take the time to read out comments before posting out your own. That would save you the hassle of being called the conversation killer.
2. Don’t reply. If there’s anything that throws me out of the mood to talk, it’s talking to a wall. It’ll sound ridiculous if you keep talking when no one’s answering.
You don’t have to reply to everything I say, just make sure that you respond to insightful comments or even take some time to engage people in a little light conversation.
3. Force your idea onto people. Nothing ticks people more than a person who is narrow-minded. Some people are too rigid to accept that other people think differently from them
You just have to accept that people have their own opinions, so don’t coerce them into agreeing with yours. You can only air out your thoughts on the matter and listen to that of others, not twist their arms into submitting to you.
4. Repeat yourself. There’s nothing wrong with replying to the same queries in your comments section, but there’s probably a better way to do it than by literally repeating yourself word for word.
If comments are trending towards a common concern, instead of repeating your reply to everybody in the comment thread, why not just update the post and include your reply to the general comment as part of the post?
What other conversation killers can you think of and how can we avoid them? If you’ve got ideas, please don’t hesitate to share them over at the comments section. I’d appreciate your comments.
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