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What to Ask Your Older Relatives This Thanksgiving

If you feel like you don’t know what to say to your older relatives, maybe you’re not asking the right questions. This Thanksgiving, think about bringing not only a dish to share, but also a few questions to inspire your grandparents, great-grandparents, and other relatives to share their stories.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make in Any Conversation

Have you ever tried to fix a friend’s problem, when what they really wanted was to vent and get some sympathy? Have you ever sought advice and only gotten sympathy? Have you ever tried to resolve an argument while your partner is still ramping up with new accusations and complaints? In all these cases, the […]

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If You Don’t Know What to Say to a Kid, Try This

If you haven’t yet seen Saturday Night Live’s “Duolingo for Talking to Children” sketch, we highly recommend it. It’s funny because it’s true: Talking to kids can be surprisingly intimidating. Should I ask them about school? Doesn’t everyone ask them about school? Wait, are they even old enough to be in school?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Politely Exit a Conversation

If you’re the kind of person that struggles with small talk, then you probably also struggle with how to end a conversation; after all, when a conversation reaches an awkward silence, there’s no single right way to tell someone “Let’s stop talking, now that we’ve run out of things to actually talk about.”Read more… Continue […]

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How to Make the Internet Less Depressing

The like button ruined the internet. Social media and comment sections have trained us to channel our negative feelings into words, and our positive feelings into likes. So negativity is laid out in detail in the comments and replies, while positivity is compressed into a number. Scrolling through it all, or having it…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Get Someone to Shut Up

We all know someone who tends to ramble on and on while telling a story. Sometimes, it’s because they’re venting and just need an outlet. Other times, it’s a habit they’ve acquired and don’t even realize it. Meanwhile, you’re a silent bystander, taking in every needless detail of their tale.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Deal with Chronic Complainers

We all know at least one chronic complainer: someone who truly believes the world is out to get them and feels the need to vocalize each and every disappointment in their life. After spending some time with a chronic complainer, you probably feel like complaining about that person (and rightfully so) but are perhaps…Read more… […]

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How to Develop Your Charisma and Become More Likable

Charisma is one of those things that people assume you’re born with, but that’s not necessarily the case. Regardless of your personality type, it’s entirely possible to become more likable and develop your charisma. The key is to focus on certain traits you can practice and apply to your own behavior that can possibly…Read more… […]

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How to Develop Your Charisma and Become More Likable

Charisma is one of those things that people assume you’re born with, but that’s not necessarily the case. Regardless of your personality type, it’s entirely possible to become more likable and develop your charisma. The key is to focus on certain traits you can practice and apply to your own behavior that can possibly…Read more… […]

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How to Use Social Engineering—But Not in an Evil Way

If you want to win friends and influence people, well, there’s a whole book on how to do that. But how do you do social engineering the right way—to make life better for everyone, not just to manipulate people into doing what you want?Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Charm Someone You’ve Never Met Before

Meeting new people can be tricky, or even anxiety-inducing. Of course, you want to make a good first impression and come across as likable as possible. If turning on the charm is something you struggle with, here are the most important strategies for instantly charming someone you haven’t met before.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills

We learn to talk at an early age, but most of us don’t have formal training on how to effectively communicate with others. That’s unfortunate, because it’s one of the most important life skills there is, and one you use your entire life. Whether you want to have better conversations in your social life or […]

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Take ‘Meeting Notes’ When You Talk With Friends

Productivity writer Rachel Miller takes notes when she’s with friends—“even during a coffee date,” she says. Mainly she takes notes on recommendations—good TV shows or recipes or in one case, pullover socks. It’s such a habit that her friends have emailed each other asking for Rachel’s “meeting notes.” Here’s how to…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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