The Art Of Conversation

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Do you know one of those people that everyone loves to see coming and hates to see leaving?

Do you know one of those people that everyone hates to see coming and loves to see leaving?

We probably know both of those kinds of people. :) One of the biggest differences in these two types of people is their conversation.

How we converse is a huge factor in first impressions and frankly, whether people like being around us or not.

A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. – Truman Capote

Is great conversation becoming a lost art? In our current digital age, conversations seem to happen more and more over social media. Conversations are typed words like the ones I am typing now.

But face to face conversations do not have to be a lost art.

Here are 3 ways to be a great conversationalist:

  1. Ask the other person their opinion. Everyone likes to be asked their opinion on a subject. Be sure you have a learner’s attitude while listening. You may not agree with their opinion, but you may learn something you did not know. Ask questions for clarity. This will show the other person that you value what they have to say.
  2. Use positive body language. Much can be expressed without speaking a word. The most important body language is a genuine smile. A smile puts people at ease and makes them feel relaxed. Turn your body to a slight angle when having a conversation. This position is less threatening than a full facing body. Nod occasionally for affirmation  and confirmation.
  3. Talk less than the other person. I know this is hard for some people to do but believe me… NO ONE likes someone who does all the talking…especially when they are talking about themselves!!

One of the things in life I really look forward to, is meeting a friend for morning coffee and having some great conversation.

I like to talk to people. I’ve got one assistant, one Blackberry. That’s my overhead. I don’t text that much or email. I like to sit down face-to-face and have a conversation with you. I’m old-fashioned. – Mark Wahlberg

Be old-fashioned this week and have a face-to-face conversation with someone! :)

Question: Do you practice the art of great conversation? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Potential ≠ Proficiency!

Chris Rushing. Gym Owner and Fitness Trainer.

Chris Rushing. Gym Owner and Fitness Trainer.

I hate to drag up long forgotten horrible memories, but close your eyes and think about your high school algebra class.

A + B = C

If A is potential and C is proficiency…

Potential + B = Proficiency

What is B?  Drum roll………..

Give More To Live More In 2016!

My grandson, Carter, offering food to a homeless man.

Our grandson, Carter, offering food to a homeless man.

I am not talking about giving money! Well…ok, I guess I am, BUT, I am also talking about giving the only two other things you have to give…your time and talent!

You may think this sounds suspiciously like volunteering. That’s exactly what I am talking about.

Today I will show you just a few of the many personal benefits of giving or volunteering.

Are You Digging Your Own Grave?

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I am not talking about putting your foot in your mouth. (although I have experience in that area as well) No, I am talking about a hole in the ground. Having others bury you after you die is one thing, but what about digging your own grave and then burying yourself alive? No thanks!

What To Pray For…When You Don’t Know What To Pray For

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Same sex marriages, skyrocketing divorce rates, burning churches to the ground, school shootings, church shootings; for followers of Jesus Christ, our country seems to be in a state of chaos and turmoil. Knowing what to pray for and how to pray can be challenging at best.

Take heart!

Here are 3 key words to help you get started with powerful prayer!