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TIL: How to Have a Good Conversation

Everything about Mark Zuckerberg is pure hacker. Hackers don't take realities of the world for granted; they seek to break and rebuild what they don't like. They seek to outsmart the world.
— Sarah Lacy.

Hi guys, sometimes I need to talk to someone about some things and sometimes the conversation and rapport part doesn’t work out. Here are the things I’ve learned on how to have a good conversation to anyone.

  • Don’t multitask. Be present.
    If you’re the one talking, would you be happy if the listener is doing many things and like don’t care? So be present and active.
  • Don’t pontificate (meaning - express one’s opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic.).
    Don’t just butt in when someone is speaking with their mind. Its considered rude to just cut someone who is talking, I think its same for every culture.
  • Use open-ended question.
    Go with questions that will create discussion not just question with a single word could answer.
  • Go with the flow.
    Follow the flow of the dialogues, and if you don’t like the subject of the discussion you can always say what you have in mind.
  • If you don’t know, say that you don’t know.
    Don’t be the all-knowing guy. Nobody likes the person who knows and pretend to know everything. Just say you don’t know if you really don’t know, and say no to smarty-pants.
  • Don’t equate your experience with theirs.
    Experience vary from person to person. It has different levels of emotions involved, don’t try.
  • Try not to repeat yourself.
    Speak clearly and with proper tone so the listener will know the intention.
  • Listen.
    Always listen, a great listener can be the most reliable person.
  • Be brief.
    Get to the point and don’t confuse the listener of what you want to say.

That’s all the things I’ve learned with having conversation to different people and walk of life.
Hope you guys, enjoyed this article and as always live life!

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