Top Ten Conversational Sins


If you want to be a good conversationalist, you will want to avoid these ten sins!

Interrupting. Let them finish.

Criticizing. Do you bring others down or build them up?  Complaining, gossiping, and rumor spreading has the same negative effect.

Ignoring Body Language. This includes your own posture and reading your audience.  Be interested and check to see if your listener is.  If not, adjust or stop.

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me talking. Most of us are too interested in ourselves to stay too long with your train of thought.

Arguing. When was the last time you had a great conversation that was also an argument?

Being unresponsive. When was the last time you enjoyed chatting with a brick wall?  Let the other know that you understand them.

Doom and Gloom. Do you raise someone’s energy or do you suck it out of them by frightening them?

Using jargon or slang when your listener doesn’t understand.  Be sure to use the frequency your listener can pick up.

Arrogance, bragging, sarcasm, talking down, and the like ruins the tone.  No one enjoys be told, taught, or talked down to.

Talking too much! To be twice as powerful in your conversations, use half the words.


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