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The Missing Practice

The Missing Practice

One practice of having a good life is to have regular conversations with people smarter than you or at least a bit ahead in some areas of life you care about.

Yet this practice is often omitted. People may think that they should start doing this, but admit that they find it hard to strike up a conversation with someone new.

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Benefits of Talking To People Smarter Than You

  • Books are general; conversations are specific. Books can help greatly, but they are more like an atlas, whereas you may be in need of a tour guide.
  • A lot of important knowledge cannot be written down. A conversation covers deeper information than y...

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An Introvert’s Guide to Having More Conversations

  • Schedule calls with people you already know. When you meet someone, get their contact information and write a friendly email or text a week or so later. If the person responds, make an effort to keep in touch.
  • Ask for introductions. This is very he...

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So if you want to improve the quality of your conversations at work, look for opportunities to develop and practice your listening skills. 

Practice small talk

Talk to people you encounter throughout your day. When you enter a coffee shop, make a simple comment about the weather to make impersonal interactions a bit more friendly.

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Ask Questions

When conversations stall, ask people about themselves or about their interests. This is especially good to connect with unknown people.

They will feel like you care about them, know and listen to them. Engaged individuals will reciprocate, and you will have a better conversation.

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