SOURCE: TableTopics


September 23, 2010 12:05 ET

The Lost Art of Conversation -- Tips From TableTopics

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  "The art of conversation is the most important social skill that a person can develop," says Cristy Clarke, the founder and creative force behind TableTopics. The company creates conversation starter sets that help people engage in real conversation. Cristy feels that "it's through conversation that we make connections with others, strengthen relationships, find solace, develop ideas, and learn new things." In a world filled with online communication, face-to-face conversation and in-person interaction is needed now more than ever.

Cristy offers a few tips to connect with others face-to-face:

  • Schedule a time each day for face-to-face conversation. It may seem a little counter-intuitive to schedule what should be a spontaneous thing but it works!

  • "Unplug" for a few minutes. Turn off the TV, phone, iPod... anything that would distract you or interrupt your conversation. Cutting down on the constant chatter of our electronics is quite liberating.

  • Don't put too much pressure on the conversation at first. Just talk. You'll find that the more you do it the better you get at it, and the more you'll get out of it.

Many people find themselves a little out of practice when it comes to conversation but TableTopics conversation starter sets are an easy and fun solution to this problem. They offer a variety of editions and subjects guaranteed to spark great conversations. Editions with thought-provoking questions are available for families, teens, grandparents, adults and friends.

About TableTopics
TableTopics was founded in 2004 by Cristy Clarke and is headquartered in Berkeley, California. The conversation starters that TableTopics creates fulfill Cristy's passion for conversation and her desire to bring beautifully designed products to market that add value, as well as values, to people's lives. With 30 products sold in over 3,000 specialty stores nation-wide, TableTopics is committed to helping people make the most of the conversations that happen around them every day. For more information, please visit

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