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10 ways to ace a conversation with anyone you meet

"We don't listen with an intent to understand. We listen with an intent to reply. That is the problem."

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
January 25, 2021 8:15:26 am
successful conversation, positivity, conversations, motivationTrue listening requires setting aside of oneself. (Photo: Pixabay)

Do you find it difficult to connect with people during a conversation? Do you dread the awkwardness that will creep in followed by a tentative silence? Here are 10 ways in which you can ace any conversation — shared by a radio host in a TEDx talk.

  • Do not multitask while in a conversation: be present.
  • Don’t pontificate; you need to enter every conversation assuming that you have something to learn. Set aside your personal opinions.
  • Use open-ended questions; start your questions with who, what, when, where, why or how.
  • Go with the flow; thoughts will come to your mind. Do not hang on to a thought and be distracted while the conversation is going on.
  • If you don’t know, just say it. Do not pretend.
  • Don’t equate your experience with theirs. If they are talking about having lost a family member, don’t start talking about your similar experience. It is never the same.
  • Try not to repeat yourself. It is condescending and boring. Even if you have a point to make, don’t keep rephrasing it.
  • Stay out of the weeds. People don’t care about the details. Do not keep trying to remember details during a conversation.
  • Listen. It is the most important skill you can develop. “If your mouth is open, you are not learning,” Buddha had said. There is a reason why an average person can talk 225 words per minute, but can listen 500 words per minute.
  • Be brief. Keep it short and be interested in other people.

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