10 ways to have a better conversation

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.

Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): the law of 33% | Tai Lopez

Love this Ted Talk. Though it might be hard to actually read a book a day, I couldn’t agree more on the importance of reading. Lucky I am an avid reader.Reading is the ultimate education you can get almost for free. Books are treasures. The more you read the more you realise you know little. Reading challenges how you think and what you think. It fosters your imagination, creativity…essential tools to thrive in business. As Tai Lopez rightly put it, books allow you to have a conversation with the most inspirational leaders of all times, right here, right now. Happy reading !

Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change

Feb 18, 2009

The Skoll Foundation has recently completed a short film about the field of social entrepreneurship. Its a great overview of the progress made over the last three decades. It starts with Mohammad Yunus and includes interviews with a number of social entrepreneurs and others in the field, including Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, Bill Drayton of Ashoka, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, John Elkington of Volans, and author David Bornstein.

Draw your future – Take control of your life

One of my fave Ted Talks. Patti Dobrowolski’s energy is so inspiring. This video reminds us in just 10 minutes that if you can visualise what it is you truly want, you will make it become reality. Our brain has this amazing faculty to turn our mental dreams into actions. What you believe you can achieve, you will eventually achieve. Not overnight but one step at a time and you will get closer to what you want your life to be. Very uplifting video.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb – What is a “Black Swan?”

Recent events made me think of Taleb’s Black Swan Theory. Events of low predictability and big impact. Retrospective distortion : ‘events prospectively unpredictable retrospectively predictable’…The question is : how didn’t we see that coming? Food for thought…Freud also wrote ‘The Future of an Illusion’ commenting on our illusion of us understanding the world…