I love this Ted Talk. First Celeste Headlee is plain hilarious in it. Second she gives easy tips to become a better conversationalist. A must-see for those who struggle to engage in small talk or meaningful conversations during networking events or even with friends. ‘Everybody is an expert in something’ and to get the most out of any conversation, let’s assume we have something to learn. That seems basic but when we think about it, oftentimes in a conversation, we tend to do the talking and showcase our expertise or knowledge.
Well, by assuming we have something to learn, it puts us in the position of listener. It might be the secret after all of a great conversation, that is being able to stay in the back seat and truly listen even if what you are hearing is not in line with your beliefs, your political opinions, what you have always thought to be the truth.
That’s what is so enriching about communication, that moment you set aside your own thoughts, beliefs, views to just listen and maybe, challenge your way of thinking. It leaves the room to a more complete understanding of an issue or situation and it makes you see things from all perspectives not just yours. Isn’t it what life is all about, keep learning ?
Let’s see every conversation as a fantastic opportunity to know more. That way we also happen to become a more tolerant person along the way.