As of very recently, I’ve started understanding the application of proper conversation fundamentals. There are people from all sides of the globe that could tell you what separates good conversation from bad conversation. I was recently at a small pub that reminded me of the TV show “Cheers”. Lyrics from the show’s theme song rang through my head, “where everybody knows your name.” This spawned many thought-provoking questions like: what is it about the “pub atmosphere” that attracts people to it, why do people like going to coffee shops, and why do people enjoy friendly casual daily conversations?
As social beings I feel the answers lie deep within who we are. We are a product of our environment. Our environment consists of people, so conversation is one of the powerful tools we should be optimizing at all times.
I believe many people feel they lack the social skills they want, but nobody really talks about it. When people do begin talking about their social sticking points, it’s common to hear about their fear of approaching. People are more concerned with the approach than the actual conversation! One of the biggest things I have learned is that you need to have outcomes in mind and understand that your destination is that outcome. Your application of willpower towards this social skill-set is actually the same way you look at learning any other new skill-set. The only difference is that you usually don’t have to find a reason why you should learn it; you are reminded every day of your waking life.
This video talks in depth about my thoughts on conversation and how you can utilize this tool to grow as a person.
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