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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 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

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How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With Journalist Celeste Headlee

We could all get better at conversing with our fellow humans. It’s just so easy these days to hide behind our screens, and when we’re finally face to face with actual people, we’re often talking too much and not listening enough. How can we make the most of those one-on-one, face-to-face, in-real-life moments? We’ll…Read more… […]

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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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