There are 7 billion people in the world, all unique. Sometimes in the midst of this madness, we meet someone and talk.
Connecting with people is one of the greatest joys in life.
Discovering a common humanity with someone, sharing in their story. It’s energising.
Sometimes that person might become a partner, and that connection is life-changing. More often that person is just a new friend. But a new friendship is still wonderful.
And it starts with a conversation.
We are each unique in the combination of how we were raised, where we have lived, what our passions are, what our opinions & beliefs are, and what our experiences have been. While that uniqueness is special, it’s also limiting.
So we need to connect with others to open up our world to the wider world.
It’s in connecting with others that we become bigger than ourselves.
And through connection and seeing another’s perspective, we may discover a part of ourselves that we didn’t realise was there.
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?
Couples fall in love when they become interested in each other. But as you start to become less interesting to each other, what can be done to stop another interesting person jeapordizing the relationship?
What's your favorite band? What's your favorite book? People shoot down "favorite" questions because they haven't got an answer ready. But you don't need an answer to discuss these questions.
Disappointed by how you're answering questions? This is how conversation motivates you to change for the better.
When starting a conversation, we can jump to the most obvious question. Chances are, this person has heard this question a lot and is now bored by it.
It may surprise you that it's OK not to talk sometimes.