“What’s up?”, “How are you?”, “How has your day been?” - These are some phrases you might say when you catch up with someone frequently. It is also very easy to keep the conversation alive with someone you see often because you have a lot of things to tell each other. Hence, the flow takes birth naturally.
However, it gets difficult to maintain a conversation with someone who you haven’t seen in a while. This could probably happen because you haven’t met each other for a long time, and may not be familiar with what’s happening in each other's life. We often forget that there is so much to catch up with, we forget that they’re someone we know and that they have been a part of our life. So here are some tips to make the awkwardness vanish and let the conversation flow naturally.
1. Just know that you’re not meeting a stranger.
The person has been a part of your life and knows you. Similarly, you know the person, their likes, dislikes, and family. Start the conversation with “Hey! How are you?”, “What’s up with you these days?”, “How is your family?”.
2. Stay calm and be yourself.
Talk to them and make them feel that you’re happy to see them. You could take a walk down the memory lane. You could add life to the conversation by telling a funny joke or recounting a funny memory from the past.
3. Bring out inside jokes.
For example, “Remember that day when the Mathematics teacher changed our seats because we did not stop talking?”- This would incline the conversation to a brighter follow-up.
All the above tips boil down to only one thing, that is, we do not have to panic or we do not have to think too much. One can just be natural, positive and the rest will take place involuntarily. At the end of it, you might end up with a feeling of having reunited with them.