How to Have a Conversation

June 29, 2011 Comments Off on How to Have a Conversation

Conversations are not contests. You don’t have to “win”. (And you can’t “lose”.)

It’s okay

a) to not know everything
b) to leave some of your incredible knowledge undisplayed for the sake of brevity.

It is NOT okay

a) to presume ignorance of a non-specialized topic before ignorance is demonstrated
b) to attempt to educate your conversation partner beyond the requirements of the conversation.

Don’t nitpick. It doesn’t make you look as smart as you feel.

When the topic is over, stop talking. Allow me to demonstrate.

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