How to ruin a conversation. What to do about it.


I am talking with someone. Let’s say a friend, a relative, a colleague at work, owner of a shop I am visiting or a complete stranger, basically anyone.

They go on to tell something, it is interesting, it grabs my attention. Then I jump in. I may have something to add, or I may have a better story than them.

This is a major weekness. The eagerness to add and engage had lost me so much opportunity to learn from someone.

Something I am practicing now in conversations is to

1) Zip my mouth with awareness that if I jump in, I am gonna lose.

2) Engage in conversation by asking more questions from the person and wait in patience.

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