Whether you are in the marketing industry or not, being able to engage in a good conversation may be the key to finding success in your career. Having been the kind of person who would ignore a phone call just to text that person back a second later in order to avoid chatting – I know that I have spent a lot of time working on this. So if cocktail parties strike terror in your heart, this article is for you. Brought to my attention from Levo League, here are five TEDx talks that will help you strike up a conversation with anyone:

1. “How to Have a Good Conversation”

2. “Talk to Strangers”

3. “The Surprising Secret to Speaking With Confidence”

4. “Why You Should Talk to Strangers”

5. “How to Engage in Better Small Talk”

See the full Levo article HERE.