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13 Simple Ways You Can Have More Meaningful Conversations
Too often, a conversation results in wasted time - and nothing productive to show for it. Whether you've run into someone at a conference or you have a scheduled call, you can use specific tactics to have a more meaningful conversation. Here are 13 ways to add meaning to your [...]

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Let People Talk First

Let others to talk about themselves first. Then, you’ll be able to sell yourself more naturally.

If they are interested in what you have to offer, you can naturally transition into a p...

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Ask Good Questions That Show You’re Engaged

Ask Good Questions That Show You’re Engaged

Ask at least one question before changing topic to show you’re engaged. Gathering details makes it more likely that you’ll be able to establish a connection with the other person or find a w...

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Prepare For A Conversation Without Being Creepy

Prepare For A Conversation Without Being Creepy

Take a look at the person’s LinkedIn or Twitter account to get an idea of his tone, interests, etc. You’re always at an advantage when you know more about a person. It will be easier to rela...

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Try To Genuinely Relate

Don’t force the conversation. Try to hit on something the other person is passionate about that you’re also interested in. That way, the rapport is genuine and the person is more open to tal...

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Don’t Waste People’s Time

Most people appreciate it when you value their time. Sometimes, you can have a more meaningful conversation in 15 minutes than you can in an hour. What’s important to cover is how you can he...

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Let People Talk First

Let others to talk about themselves first. Then, you’ll be able to sell yourself more naturally.

If they are interested in what you have to offer, you can naturally transition into a p...

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Ask How You Can Add Value

No one knows better than themselves what they value. You’ll be surprised how many opportunities come up to connect people when you know what they actually prioritize.

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Decrease Personal Barriers

Most people like real conversations that don’t force them to act like people they aren’t. If you see an opportunity to joke around or personalize a conversation, take it — even if it’s early.

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Hold Back On Sharing How Awesome You Are

Hold Back On Sharing How Awesome You Are

The most awesome people don’t have to pitch everyone on how awesome they are. People will naturally think you’re awesome as the conversation develops.

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Be Direct

During a difficult conversation, be quick and direct. This is not the time for feedback techniques, as they will mask the point of the conversation and lessen its impact making it more difficult.

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Be Specific

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Become An Active Listener

Be engaged and listen to what they are saying. Show interest, ask questions and clarifications. This shows others that you care about what they are saying, and about them in the bigger picture.

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