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Give Softer Criticism With The 'What I Like...' Feedback Model

Giving criticism isn’t easy, especially if the person you’re giving it to is sensitive. This approach lets you keep criticism in a positive light so your feedback comes across as constructive, not harsh.


Improve Your Conversational Skills With The Right Balance Of Questions And Statements

Asking questions is a great way to start an engaging conversation. Ask too many questions, however, and your conversation starts to feel more like an interrogation. To avoid this, author Ramit Sethi suggests the “question, question, statement” method.


Become A Better Conversationalist By Ditching The Details

Good conversation has a natural back and forth like a game of tennis. That pleasant flow comes to a grinding halt, however, when you stop to try and clear up all of the unnecessary details.


Practice Your Speech As A Conversation To Give Better Presentations

Think back to the last time you heard someone give a speech by reading words directly off a card. How bored were you? If you want to avoid having the same effect on your own audience, practice your speech by having a conversation with someone about it.


Ten Cool Applications For Virtual Reality That Aren't Just Games

When you mention virtual reality (VR), most people’s thoughts turn to video games. Indeed, Sony has just announced its new Playstation VR headset. But VR isn’t just about gaming. There are many other interesting and exciting uses for VR.


Ask Clarifying Questions To Help Yourself Remember Key Conversation Points

When you’re having a verbal conversation, and you want to make sure you remember something you’re discussing, repetition can help. Ask clarifying questions to reinforce your memory of the topic.


Point Out The 'Default Future' To Refocus An Aggressive Conversation

When a conversation starts turning into a full fledged argument, it’s hard to pull it back to calm things down. Over on Harvard Business Review, they suggest pointing out where the conversation is heading to make it easier to pivot into something more useful.


Simple Rules For Becoming A Better Conversationalist

With the right approach, anyone has the ability to turn small talk into an engrossing conversation. These essential rules will help.


The Secret To Better "Reflective Listening": Use Your Own Words

Repeating back what someone is saying to you, or what’s known as “reflective listening,” is a great way to show that you’re really hearing what they say. Repeating their exact words like a parrot, however, is not always ideal.


Politely Exit An Unwanted Conversation By Giving A Specific Excuse

Whether you’re at a work party, convention, or some other social event, knowing how to slip away from a dull conversation is an invaluable skill. The trick to giving a good excuse is all in the specifics.


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