The Art of Conversation

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The art of conversation is dying - will you help to sustain it?  Let's break it down.

There is no shortage of information coming at us.  Our current technological age has placed every library, philosophy, religion, and conspiracy at our fingertips.  Multiple social media sites attempt to keep us connected, but have only served to become digital echo chambers. Discussions online often devolve into curse filled rants rather than honest exchanges of ideas.  Heck, discussions in person often become this, too.

If we continue down our current trajectory, the chance of a civil society may be lost. But if we truly make a concerted effort for legitimate dialogue, a revival of real discourse may be realized.

But there is an art to conversation.  Developing this is contingent up learning this one important point:  even though it's not about you, it's about you.  It's about not imparting your deep revelations to someone else, but about approaching all interactions with a desire to enhance yourself from someone else's life experience.

How do we do that? Here are a few way to connect with a person beyond small talk:

1. Ask someone what their story is.  By asking this, you will elicit a genuine reflection from them, allowing a true, honest, and heartfelt response.
2. Ask them what makes them most energized about life?
3. What's the most important thing I should know about you?

You'll notice that all of these questions have a primary focus - the other person.

I guarantee that if you spend hours mingling with multiple people at a party, desiring to truly get to know someone and add joy to their life by simply listening to their stories, at the end of the evening they'll marvel at how great a listener you are.

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