Adulting 101: Talking and Listening

May 12, 2016

I like to watch and listen to Ted Talks.  I think that they’re incredibly informative and they oftentimes leave me feeling more empowered and full of ammo to take on the future.

I watched a variety involving topics from why people have affairs and how to move on from it to why leaders are the ones that inspire change and now this one, about the beautiful art of conversation and how important it is.

Celeste Headlee is on the radio, so if there’s anyone who knows how to have a conversation it’s her.  Not only is she good at just talking to people, but she knows how to make them talk and how to keep a conversation going, which in my own personal life, doesn’t always go the way I want it to.

The biggest thing that she says (for people who don’t feel like reading) is so important is having the ability to listen.

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Put down your phone, stop looking at Snapchat and Instagram and be present. Be present as in, don’t think about all the things you have to do that day or think about things that have nothing to do with the conversation because if you’re not present, why even be in the conversation at all?

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Being able to listen is going to be one of the best things you learn in your entire lifetime because in terms of life, your actual personal relationships with people (NOT ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS) are going to be the ones that shape you.