The Art of Conversation

It's Not What You Think

Why do we identify the best and most eloquent speakers as being the best conversationalists?  We just assume that the ability to speak translates to a natural ability to carry a conversation. Let’s consider the upcoming 2016 Presidential election with all its many candidates vying for consideration. Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump; they all are polished speakers. […]

Sincere or Superficial

This last week, I found myself in a conversation with a good friend in Spokane, Washington. Each week he and I record a 20 minute “life lesson.” We began with the first letter of the alphabet and each week have developed themes based on the sequential order of the alphabet. This week our topic was […]

Validation and Value

As human beings, we are social creatures by nature. We have needs that shape our values. We all have a story that is dying to be shared…. At the core of personal value is the need to be understood. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs this need comes just behind that of survival. The need to […]

Talking and Learning

This post is rated Sprinters, Olympians and Ironman. Those who speak the most, learn the least. How can you take in new information if your mouth is always running? Have any “know-it-all’s” in your life? How much fun are they beyond 15 minutes? What fun is conversation if its only one-sided. After all, aren’t there […]

Do You Really Want to Know?

This post is rated Sprinters, Olympians and Ironman. I recently returned from a speaking engagement in Midland, TX. I had the tremendous honor of interacting with a very special group. The leader of the group shared an insight that was profound enough to inspire this post. Before I go on, ask yourself how many people […]