Starting a conversation during evangelism can be intimidating, but there are a few strategies that can help make it easier.
Start with a friendly greeting. A simple “hello” or “hi” can go a long way in making the other person feel welcome and open to a conversation.
Use an ice breaker. Asking about the other person’s interests or hobbies, or making a lighthearted comment, can help break the ice and get the conversation started.
Share about yourself. You can talk about your own interests or hobbies, or share a personal story or experience that relates to the topic you want to discuss. This can help build rapport and create common ground.
Ask open-ended questions. These types of questions encourage the other person to share more about themselves and can help facilitate a deeper conversation.
Be genuinely interested in the other person. Showing a genuine interest in the other person can help build trust and create a more meaningful conversation.
Be respectful and listen actively. Respect the other person’s views and opinions, even if you disagree, and listen actively by giving them your full attention and asking clarifying questions.
Keep the conversation focused. Try to stay on topic and avoid getting sidetracked or bringing up unrelated subjects.
Use surveys. In my opinion, the most effective way to start an in-person conversation is using surveys. My mentor and evangelism father David Herbert would start with something like, “I am an author and a retired teacher. I am currently writing my 14th book; would you mind answering a few questions?”
Remember, the goal is to build a relationship and create an opportunity to share the gospel. Be patient and allow the conversation to develop naturally.