5 Secrets That Will Help You Master Conversation Skills

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TIME

What are the fundamentals of conversation skills?

I’ve posted about the fundamentals of networking, and even how introverts can network but many people have written to me asking about the nitty gritty of conversation skills.

What do you say when you’re face to face?

It’s a good question that isn’t often addressed. First impressions matter even more than you think. And once they’re set, they are very hard to resist.

Let’s break it down:

1) “Be yourself” is often bad advice.

Is “be yourself” the best advice before a job interview? Hell, no. Dress nice, be polite and act enthusiastic no matter what you’re like, right?

What does “be yourself” even mean? You’re not the same person moment to moment. Face it, you can be moody.

Fake it until you make it” works. Does acting a bit in social settings mean you’re dishonest? No.

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Not Everyone Is Beautiful

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Every two or three days, I see an article or blog post or forwarded inspirational quote about beauty. It’s usually something affirming like

“You are beautiful, whether you know it or not.”

“We are all beautiful.”

“Everyone is beautiful to somebody.”

It’s cheerful stuff. It builds the self-esteem, makes people feel valued, and spreads joy and happiness across the internet.

It’s also bullshit.

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And you know it’s bullshit, because you really wanted to laugh at that picture.

Everyone is not beautiful. Some people have tumors the size of a second head growing out of their ears. Some people have skin like the Michelin man. Some people lose fingers, legs, or eyes in horrific assembly-line machine accidents. People have warts and blemishes and hair loss and dead teeth and lazy eyes and cleft palates and third nipples and unibrows.

There are plenty of people that are not physically appealing to look at, the…

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Your summer reading list: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations

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More books to add to my reading list!

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Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.

books-Elizabeth-GilbertPicks from Elizabeth Gilbert, author 

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. “The only book I have ever bought by the crate-load. I give copies of this sumptuous masterpiece to everyone I care about. I could try to describe it further, but … it would be more efficient if you just read it yourself. (Watch Maira Kalman’s TED Talk, “The illustrated woman.”)

Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror in Science by Richard Holmes. “I just finished writing a novel about
18th- and 19th-century scientific exploration, and this engaging book was a…

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Let’s build peptides!

Day Seven Writing 101: Give and Take. (See prompt here)

So I took organic chemistry last year in college, and one of the last topics was learning about how to form a short chain of amino acids (peptides). And the most effective way to do so is the solid phase peptide synthesis otherwise known as the Merrifield synthesis. This dialogue is basically going to be between the resin and the amino acid. 

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http://ugtimes.com/2014/06/content/science-and-technology/why-dna-will-soon-define-healthcare/

http://ugtimes.com/2014/06/content/science-and-technology/why-dna-will-soon-define-healthcare/

The role of DNA in the future of healthcare. 

AKA personalized medicine. Which can be a good or bad thing. Good because it’ll help in refining the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a patient. Bad because insurance companies can use the information from an individual’s genome to deny certain aspects of healthcare (or charge more, or find another loophole to make access to that specific service difficult for that individual). 

Thoughts? 

Motto.

Day Five for Writing 101: Be Brief. (See prompt here)

“On a deux vies. La deuxième commence le jour où on réalise qu’on en a qu’une.” – unknown (at least I don’t know where I’ve heard/seen this before… but it does sound like the French version of a Confucius saying)

Translation:

We have 2 lives. The second begins when we realize we only have one.”