The ability to maintain a conversation on any topic is a skill, though difficult, but worth it. You will feel comfortable and confident in any society.
It is not always the case that the topic under discussion is close to you, and you are sure that you can adequately answer a question or simply take part in an active discussion. In this case, you can use one of these 5 phrases, which are a lifesaver, to transfer the conversation to the desired topic and not be in an awkward position.
“What an interesting point of view, tell me more”
This phrase, one might say, kills two birds with one stone. Demonstrates your interlocutor interest and urges him to talk more to himself. It is extremely useful if you are not very competent in the matter under discussion. You will not only be spared the need for an awkward excuse, but also be able to get useful information.
"Many people underestimate the impact of this ..."
This artist, this process, this state, this tendency - then almost any noun will be suitable, depending on what is being said. This phrase can also help you out when you are confused and just don’t know what to say when you are approached.
You just need to always remember that influence can be positive or negative, so it’s not bad for yourself to decide on your position regarding the subject of the conversation.
"It is difficult to unequivocally answer this question"
This phrase also fits almost any topic of conversation. After all, there are always several points of view on one subject, question or topic. Therefore, even if you confine yourself to this phrase alone, it will be much more appropriate in a decent society than phrases like “I never thought about it” or “I don't know.”
This phrase shows that the subject of the conversation makes you think that already demonstrates a greater respect for the interlocutor, and therefore, presents you in a more favorable light.
"This is one of the fundamental aspects"
The phrase is good when you want to emphasize the importance of something. “Fundamental” in this case is simply a less-used synonym for the words “basic” or “basic”. This phrase works well when you want to say that the issue under discussion is so extensive that it cannot be fully discussed in this conversation, so you can add a phrase further about the possibility of talking on this topic for a very long time.
But, saying this phrase, be prepared for the fact that your interlocutor still wants to spend time and talk on this topic, then just invite him to speak first and resort to using the first phrase.
“I did not consider this problem from this point of view, but ...”
This phrase will allow you to correctly express disagreement with your interlocutor. Then you can safely express your opinion on the subject under discussion. In this case, you will avoid a hint of excessive confidence that your point of view is the only correct one, which often betrays ill-bred people.
Or you can simply add after the “but” that you would definitely like to devote time to it or deal with this issue in the near future. In this case, it also saves you from the need to continue the conversation further on this topic and will be a more elegant answer than “I don't know.”
These five phrases, of course, not a panacea. But, nevertheless, may well help you avoid an awkward situation when communicating on a wide range of topics. But remember, you cannot use these and similar phrases all the time. Therefore, in the future it will be best to pre-work a little on yourself, and tighten the mat part.