“Free speech” is often raised as a defence in the court of public opinion, particularly when people are called out by their ideological opponents. “You’re attacking my right to free speech!” However, either through forgetfulness or ignorance, many Australians don’t appear to realise free speech is not a legal right they hold.
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If you've ever felt like a completely dull person, take solace in this idea the School of Life presents: You're not boring, you're probably just guarded. In this video, they explain how to come across as less boring in conversations.
You can politely back out of unwanted conversations by excusing yourself and inviting the other person along, or you can even end it faster with attentive listening. Sometimes the most effective method, however, is to be abrupt and to the point.
Random tidbits, factoids and conversation points pulled from the latest broadcast of NPR have always been my conversation fuel. But this stuff can turn you into an insufferable intellectual know-it-all if you're not careful, and that makes people not want to talk you. Here's how I've learned to rein that in.
A few years back, a friend of mine experienced a classic foot-in-mouth moment. "Congratulations!" she said to a coworker, who dryly replied, "I'm not pregnant." An embarrassment like that makes you want to crawl under a rock and never show your face again. Tempting, but it's probably healthier to recover from that moment.
You've probably been told the "golden rule" at some point in your life, but it's not always ideal for those times you want to ooze charisma. That's where the "platinum rule" comes in.
Employees want more feedback. Gen Y employees in particular, want constant feedback. Managers however are often reluctant to give feedback if they fear that what starts as a rational conversation may degenerate into an emotional one. Even managers trained in coaching have admitted to being reluctant to tackle employees seen as abrasive or aggressive.
It's handy to know a few conversation starters to break the ice, but once you do that, you still need to be able to talk and be interesting.