two people talkingHow to Have Better Conversations

Knowing what makes conversation good and bad, we can draw some conclusions about what to do in order to have a good conversation.

The author lists the following points:

  • Don’t be selfish.
  • Prepare for good conversation. Read widely.
  • Be honest and up-front.
  • Reciprocate.
  • Avoid gossip and complaining.
  • Don’t be afraid to differ.
  • Know and use your sense of humor in moderation.

A couple things they should’ve included (despite my ineptitude at this):

  • The ability to tell anecdotes, which is a skill I respect a lot. I don’t have the memory for it.
  • Knowing when to shutup (I AM good at that).

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