Casual Conversation

Improve Your Casual Conversation: How to converse better!

Casual conversation is powerful! If you’re looking for tips on how to converse better, then this post is for you. But first, let’s talk about the power of being casual.

Walk into a coffee shop early enough, and it’s not unusual to find someone wearing their morning robe, pajamas, or slippers. I love that coffee shops are places of casual conversation. In fact, coffee shops are about as casual as things get. If you happened to bump into me around town over the past few months, you probably noticed I have taken casual to a whole new level. Recently, I had the privilege of stepping away from my career for a brief time to bond with our new daughter. In addition to tons of baby time, this also means that shaving has been reduced to a weekly ativity. I’ve spent as much time in my “Trust me, I’m a Super Hero” T-shirt as humanly possible. This Christmas present from my in-laws is by far the most comfortable T-shirt I own. Whether it’s casual dress or casual talk, there is something special about keeping things relaxed.

The Biblical Basis for Casual Conversation

Believe it or not, there’s a Biblical basis for keeping things cool, calm, and relaxed. Romans 12:18 says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.” And in 1 Timothy 6:6, the Apostle Paul writes, “Godliness combined with contentment brings great profit.” But living in a casual and relaxed manner is often easier said than done. Here are three strategies for taking a casual, calm, and content approach to life. And each one involves creating more room for casual conversation!

1. Improve your casual conversation by picking your battles.

A few days ago, we had one of those glorious California thunderstorms. The next thing I knew, an announcement from a loudspeaker at the college across the street blared into our living room. It commanded all students to remain where they were and to shelter in place. Wondering what was happening and wanting to keep our family safe, I posted an inquiry on a community Facebook forum. We learned that the lockdown was because there was a man with a rifle on campus. Fortunately, the incident was quickly resolved. It turned out that the supposed gunman was actually a student carrying a closed umbrella. Being in the midst of a three-year drought, apparently, we Californians have forgotten what an umbrella looks like 🙂

What’s interesting is that over the next few days, people responded in droves to my post. One argument after another broke out on this “friends” site, with people using the incident as an opportunity to tout their views on the danger of guns or to expound on their necessity. My wife informed me that this type of bickering goes on all the time. Apparently, some people don’t have a whole lot better to do than to argue. Because we live in an age where people are more connected than ever before, it’s also easier than ever to find ways to engage in disgruntled conversation. Thus, learning to pick our battles is a must. Constant bickering is unhealthy and creates undue stress. Simply stated, most things are not worth arguing over. This means you can improve your casual conversations by picking your battles.

Casual Conversations for Couples

Couples must learn how to pick their battles too. Fighting is not a mandate. As a therapist, I love helping couples have better conversations. Sometimes these are financial conversations, and sometimes they are conversations that bring growth. The most important thing is that couples pick their battles, then put the fight aside and dive back into casual conversation. This is how the happiest of couples connect!

2. Converse better by allowing others to be wrong.

Allowing others to be wrong is also known as extending grace. Romans 5:8 says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God calls us to Himself as we are, with no strings attached. He meets us where we are and allows us to grow, develop, and transform over time.

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In seminary, when conversations become heated, one of my favorite teachers would help the class return to a grace-filled attitude by stating, “It’s ok. One day God will work out all of our little heresies.” This was a brilliant way of reminding passionate theology students that while sound doctrine is important, so is good behavior. Not all issues need to be resolved right now.

Growth is an ongoing process. There are times when reasoning together promotes growth and other instances where it wounds and divides. It takes wisdom to discern the difference. Allowing others to be wrong means letting go of arguments and allowing others to do what they believe is best. Improve your casual conversations by agreeing to disagree.

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3. How to converse better with the five-year test.

The five-year test asks the question, “How important will this be five years from now?” If that answer is “Not all that important,” then chances are it’s not worth stressing over right now. By looking at the big picture, we can avoid upsetting ourselves and wounding others. Many relationship battles don’t make much difference in the long run. If the five-year test doesn’t add up, then maybe it’s time to stop arguing and get back to casual conversation.

Diving Deeper into Casual Conversation

Use these casual conversation questions to dive deeper.

  • Have you ever gotten caught up in a pointless conflict when it would have been better to take a more casual approach?
  • If you’re good at staying relaxed and collected, how do you do this?
  • Which casual conversation tip do you need to focus on most, and why?
  • Desribe a casual conversation you had that went especially well. What did you do to make the conversation work?
  • Describe a time a causal conversation went haywire. What did or didn’t happen that caused this conversation to go poorly?
  • What actions are you taking to live at peace with all men? And is there something you need to do to grow in this area? If so, what?

We look forward to hearing your ideas about how to converse better in the comments below!

What Next?

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Jed Jurchenko

Jed Jurchenko is the husband to an incredible wife, daddy to four amazing girls, and a foster dad to one more. He's served as a children's pastor, marriage and family therapist, psychology professor, award-winning writing coach, and life coach. Jed is the author of 23 books on relationships, parenting, writing, and doing life well. In his free time, you'll find Jed reading, preparing for an upcoming marathon, barbecuing, paddle boarding, and enjoying life with his incredible family. Find out more about Jed's books, coaching, and courses at

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