There’s two halves of a conversation – talking and listening.
Some of us are bad at listening. But listening is probably the best part of a conversation. It’s more than a courtesy.
It’s in listening that we learn new things. It’s in listening that we make the person we are talking to feel appreciated & valued. It’s in listening that we show respect.
If you aren’t listening, the conversation doesn’t evolve. It’s just two people saying things they each already know at each other.
But if we listen to someone and use that to shape what we say next, the conversation becomes it’s own unique thing.
Some people interrupt others halfway through them making a point. But if you do this, you are literally missing the point – the full comment they were going to make.
How actively do you listen?
Let’s talk…. and listen.
Food should always taste better than it looks. Likewise, people should always be more interesting than they appear.
How we start a conversation often decides its trajectory. So maybe you should rethink how you greet people.
Even when you can't solve a friend's problem, talking about it helps.
Conversation will make or break a first date. How can you take the pressure off of thinking of things to talk about?
Do you use your words to make a positive impact or a negative one? Have you listened to yourself lately?
What should you talk about when you know a conversation is only going to be brief?
If you want to have a rewarding conversation with someone, never ask this question.
There is a reason we are social. It's to be known.
Last week, we discussed the importance of not interrupting others. But sometimes an interruption can actually enhance a conversation.
You hate being interrupted, but do you interrupt others?