It can be so easy to avoid events "because you won't know anyone there." Believe me, I've had my moments. It's difficult to force oneself out of one's comfort zone. But as soon as we make ourselves step out a bit the rewards are always exponential in number. Conversation definitely follows the latter model. A few simple tasks can turn you into a sharp conversationalist. And any boss or C.E.O. will tell you that conversation skills are measured and marketable when applying for a job with their company. Tip #1: Give good eye contact. Looking the other person in the eye will show that you're engaged in what they're saying. Good eye contact will also help you to....Tip #2: Listen! We have two ears and only one mouth. Focus on what the other person is saying so you can respond accordingly. Don't let your mind wander. Tip #3: Ask questions. People don't want to hear us drone on and on about ourselves. Ask the other person about his or her life. Ask about their family or a good book they've read recently, or any trips they've taken. Topics can even be as simple as how their day went. Many people travel through life feeling invisible and insignificant. A good conversation can go a long way to showing people that they matter.