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The Secret to a Captivating Dinner Party Conversation

Dinner parties are often a mishmash of different people coming together under one roof for refreshing drinks and a tasty, home cooked meal. Because of that, conversations can be nothing but awkward explanations of what everyone does for a living. Lame! Kick things off this way instead.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Do When Your Funny Story Isn’t Funny

I’m a terrible storyteller. With enough keyboard time I can turn a personal experience into a passable narrative, but in person I fall to pieces. Whenever I try to share a “funny story,” even if I’ve tried following Lifehacker’s storytelling tips, I see my audience’s faces freeze into a rictus as my story reaches its…Read […]

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Talk to Your Kid in ‘Parallel Position’ 

There’s a multitude of books and articles on how to talk to your child. Most offer good advice: Don’t make it all about you (“You think it’s scary giving a presentation on the planets? I have to give the keynote speech in front of twelve ambassadors from Japan.”) Don’t be passive-aggressive (“Oh, look, that little…Read more… […]

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How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume 

In this episode we’re talking about the lost art of conversation-making. Joining us is podcaster and raconteur Ken Plume, who has conducted extensive interviews with the likes of Mel Brooks and John Cleese. We discuss how Ken got his start feeling comfortable talking to just about anyone, how he handles the…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Stop Feeling Bad About Saying ‘Um’ and ‘Uh’

We’ve all received the conventional wisdom that filler words like “um,” “uh,” and the especially dreaded “like” have no place in conversation. They make you sound dumb! They diminish your authority! But, according to a linguist, filler words serve an important function, and we shouldn’t be so quick to try to banish…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Stop Being an Interrupting Asshole

Nobody likes someone who interrupts people all the time. It’s rude and it actually thwarts clear communication from happening. Some of us interrupters, though, are aware of our problem and tired of being the jerk who cuts people off. Here are a few tricks for shutting yourself down.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Japanese First Lady Is Your New Role Model for Avoiding Awkward Conversations

At some point in your life you’ll have an awkward conversation. Parties, networking events, dinners with the President where you pretend you don’t speak English, they’re all mine fields potentially littered with awkward pauses, regrettable jokes, and just plain invasive small talk. You don’t have to suffer the slings…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Facebook Bot Will Help You Plan Your Death

Have you had a conversation with your loved ones about what should happen if you’re ever on life support? Probably not, especially if you’re young. A startup called LifeFolder is hoping you’ll be more comfortable having that conversation with a Facebook messenger bot.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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