A scientist's guide to life: how to be a better conversationalist
They're usually the conversations with minimum friction, repetition and misunderstanding, and maximum alignment between the people that take part in it.
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Failing in communication can have a big impact during a crisis. Sometimes things that are transparent to one party may be interpreted differently by another. Therefore, choosing certain words ...
During a crisis, using the word "talk" to begin a conversation, "Can we talk about how you are?" often gets a negative response. The reason is that we place little value on "talk." Talk is cheap or meaningless. However, substituting the word with "speak", seems to have better results.
"Talk" is loaded with context that makes it fruitless in these scenarios, while the word "speak" is free from those associations.
The principles for a positive and constructive discussion are framing your conversation in positivity.
By framing conversations to focus on the positive, one can move a problem forward.
No particular form of therapy is proven to be better or more effective than others.
Different people prefer or respond to different forms of therapy.
Go into a situation where you will need to speak with people with the mindset of, "I am curious and I want to learn more about other people", rather than going into it with the mindset...
The best conversationalists aren’t those who always have witty things to say, but those who are genuine listeners.
Good listeners don’t just listen with their ears, but with their whole body. They lean into the conversation, establish eye contact, and provide their undivided attention to the person they’re speaking with.
Those that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer, are the best type of questions to ask if you’re looking to establish common ground.
Just be careful not to overdo your questioning. You don’t want the other person to feel like they’re being interrogated.