The ping pong method is a conversation technique that can help two people have a natural and comfortable conversation.
- Asking a question
- Discussing the answer
- Asking a related question
The ping pong method allows the ball to be in one person's court half the time. In a two-person conversation, the speaker should speak 40–60% of the time. Speaking more than that may make the listener feel self-absorbed.
The ping pong method can also be used to help someone open up, especially if they are shy. The principle of a good conversation is "ping-pong, no slamming". This means the back-and-forth between the two players. A good long rally involves:
- Watching for strokes
- Matching energy and strokes
- Returning the ball safely back each time