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Rules of conversation Tue, Dec 24, 2013
Scott Adams mentioned a few simple rules for conversing with people in his recent book
  • Ask questions.
  • Don't complain (much).
  • Don't talk about boring experiences (TV show, meal, dream, etc.).
  • Don't dominate the conversation. Let others talk.
  • Don't get stuck on a topic. Keep moving.
  • Planning is useful but it isn't conversation.
  • Keep the sad stories short, especially medical stories.
He was talking about starting conversations with people you don't know at public functions and parties and whatnot, but I think the idea applies to really any conversation.  I was involved (unwillingly) in a conversation yesterday where a person broke more than half of those rules in the course of a few minutes.  I wanted to stab my eyes out with a fork just to change the topic.

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