How to Have Better Dinner Conversations

- Monday, February 22, 2010

Ask a second question.

Ask a second question. The most interesting conversations come after the initial answer. It takes extraordinary discipline to refrain from answering your own question and, instead. answer a second question. Yet this is where the deepest conversations occur. I like to ask questions like these as follow-up questions:

  • How did it feel when that happened?
  • Can you elaborate on that?
  • Why do you think that is important to you?
  • Do you think you would have answered the same way five years ago?
  • What emotion do you feel when you describe that?

via michaelhyatt.com

This is just one of several excellent ‘rules’ for good conversation. Not just at dinner but at any event where a group of people are gathered and in close proximity.

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