Conversation starters

CONVERSATION STARTERS

When we think something is up with our mates, we think they seem down, worried, or unhappy we often won’t mention it. Instead we make conversation about sports, cars, or housing prices.  A problem shared is a problem halved.

 TALKING TO YOUR MATES

Ask your mate how he really doing.  Don’t be afraid of what he might say – you don’t need to have the answers.  If you have had a similar experience, tell him about it.  If you are stuck for what to say next, try something like

“What are we going to do about this?”

or

“Is their anything I can do to make this better?”

If you think something is up, but you can’t get past the small talk, you can always say

 

“You have my number if you want to talk about it.”

What does Dom think?

“When we think something is up with our mates, we think they seem down, worried, or unhappy we often won’t mention it. Instead we make conversation about sports, cars, or housing prices.  A problem shared is a problem halved.  Make an effort this week to ask your mate how he really doing.  Don’t be afraid of what he might say – you don’t need to have the answers.  If you have had a similar experience, tell him about it.  If you are stuck for what to say next, try something like “What are we going to do about this?” or “Is their anything I can do to make this better?  If you think something is up, but you can’t get past the small talk, you can always say “You have my number if you want to talk about it.””

-Dom Harvey, Broadcaster and Men’s Health Month Ambassador.

COACHING & CONVERSATIONS

For more on talking things over with your mates and bringing up stuff with your doctor, take a look at our Coaching and Conversations brochure.