A scientist's guide to life: how to be a better conversationalist
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They're usually the conversations with minimum friction, repetition and misunderstanding, and maximum alignment between the people that take part in it.
If you don’t recognize the number, you can choose not to answer the call.
If you choose to answer, try to be concise, but nice with cold callers. They spend their days dealing with people who don’t want to talk to them.
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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.
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The act of asking an open-ended question shows that you care. “What does that feel like?” or “What has been on your mind as you’re going through this?” Then, listen non-judgmentally to ...
If someone, for instance, has received a new medical diagnosis, you can say, "It sounds like you're worried about the side effects of the treatment. Is that right?"
You can also express kindness by saying, “You’re in such a tough situation.” A facial expression is also a powerful way to show support.
Not every person feels comforted in the same way. Acknowledge that by asking "How can I support you?"
It expresses a desire to assist without jumping in to problem-solve.
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