A Better Conversation

When social media puts everything online, we seem to use the word “watch/look” more than “listen” as before. But it never changes the fact that we need to pay attention to others before we could start conversations, whether through physically listening to them offline, or figuratively online. But do we still know how to do that anymore?

To me, the speaker Celeste Headlee in the following video has excellently communicated the topic of how to have a better conversation. We do present ourselves in everyday life, especially in social media, and quite some of us do so to get engaged with people that actively or passively see our posts, but not so many people know how to better communicate.

The 10 ways that Celeste pointed out are very handy, which I find helpful, and it is worth 10 minutes of our lives.

*To summarize:

1. Don’t multitask.

2. Don’t pontificate.

3. Use open-ended questions.

4. Go with the flow.

5. If you don’t know, say that you don’t know.

6. Don’t equate your experiences with others’.

7. Try not to repeat yourself.

8. Stay out of the wits.

9. Listen.

10. Be brief.

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1 Response to A Better Conversation

  1. sydhavely says:

    Great post. The audience obviously loved her. She’s a good speaker, funny, and very informative. I think she’s right–conversation is a lost skill. It’s absorbing and the 11 minutes went quickly. Well done.

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