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Published on March 13th, 2014

conversationsRecently, I’ve been having numerous and diverse conversations. One of my days was filled with simply listening and talking with people…all day. I was exhausted at the end of the day, but I also found myself energized. I enjoy these moments because I like being with people. There is something about conversations that are invigorating, challenging, and educational. They’re invigorating because you get the opportunity to ask questions. They’re challenging because you have to be prepared to offer solutions, accept criticism, or learn a new discipline. They’re educational because you have the opportunity to learn from the experiences, failures and successes of others.

I don’t feel I’ve always enjoyed or have even been good at having conversations with others. I like to talk. Talkers tend to…talk too much. One way conversations aren’t real conversations. They are kind of like having an imaginary friend. It’s your friend, but is it? It’s a conversation, but is it?  I’m trying to improve with real, human conversations. Here are some of the things I’ve learned.

1.  Listen with eyes that communicate you’re actually listening (not just preparing a response). Listen actively.

2. Ask questions. Questions clarify.

3. Encourage (and smile). Everyone benefits from some type of encouragement.  Everyone.


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