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How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

Millennials: It's Time to Start Talking to Strangers

Karen Frankola | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Karen Frankola

I think a lot of young people just don't understand that good conversation requires reciprocation. Here are some tips for anyone who wants to improve their art of conversation. My advice focuses on business encounters, but could be helpful for nearly any situation.

Dying, Demented and Alone

Angelo Volandes | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelo Volandes

Some hospitals have taken to internal decision-making protocols in which ethics committees collaborate with providers to make decisions. But often these mechanisms are not readily available to make a decision when one is needed.

I Don't Need You To Tell Me That You Don't Agree

Cindy Brandt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

We can celebrate common ground without erecting walls or drawing boundary lines. We can connect without disclaimers, embracing the whole of our conversation partner along with their ideas.

Asking Questions Is Really Hard

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

So please understand that the next time I ask you a question, it is because I need your help. I don't ask questions about things for which I already have an answer. And if I ask you a question that doesn't make sense to you, please know that I am doing my best to inquire about something that I obviously don't have enough information to even ask the proper questions, so help me out.

An Open Letter to Conversation Stealers

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

You will be doing a service to both yourselves and your partners in dialogue if you share the conversation. Your relationships will likely improve in quality and last longer if you tweak your communication skills.

8 Steps to Finishing Unfinished Business

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Becoming more skilled in the process of getting complete is a great way to break the habit of avoidance and one of the best things that you can do for your relationship. There is a learning curve to the process, but it doesn't take a genius to master it. You might as well go for it. You've got nothing to lose but your incompletions!

Checking Intention: How We Can Promote Constructive Online Dialogue

Lauren E. Galvan | Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology
Lauren E. Galvan

This morning, I realized that I live in an era in which silencing others' opinions online means psychologically shutting people up, or making people f...

Remembering Einstein on His Birthday: Welcoming Different Perspectives

Great Work Cultures | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Saturday, March 14, would have been Einstein's birthday. Looking through my Dad's stuff, I came across this photo, which reminded me of all the happy...

5 Big Conversations You Should Have Before Saying 'I Do'

The Knot | Posted 03.16.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

You already know there are a few touchy issues engaged couples are "supposed" to talk about before making it official.

My Son Won't Talk to Me

Phil Corless | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Phil Corless

His vocabulary was huge, and the ideas coming out of his head were sometimes stunning. But the problem back then was the speed of his words. He spoke slowly and carefully, a by-product of years of speech therapy.

How to Be an Effective Communicator in 5 Easy Steps

Lauren Goldstein | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Lauren Goldstein

People can sense the disingenuous person miles away. We have that "gut" feeling which, while we cannot explain it, can sway us one way or another. It does not matter what business you are in, the number one way to be an effective communicator and build lasting relationships is to be genuine.

The Conversation That Harms Women

Amy Chan | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Amy Chan

The actresses were the subject of much scrutiny and criticism, mostly around their physical appearance. The people doing the bashing? Women. All women

Eating Hummus With the 'Enemy': From Aversion to Affection

Tracy Hollister | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hollister

"We didn't all walk away jumping on board with the fight for marriage equality, but by the end of the evening, I think we all saw how this world can be a better place if we can open up our ears and really listen."

Sky Country Band

Eva Augustina Sinotte | Posted 04.04.2015 | Arts
Eva Augustina Sinotte

Travel back in time with me to the Summer of 2014 for my Sky Country Band interview about their tour along the coast of California. Who is Sky Country Band? Sky Country Band is: Nico Georous, Adam Zerbe, Mikey Selbicky and Will Condon.

Oh No, Not Again

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I love having a man who enjoys conversing with me -- someone who actually listens and gives me feedback. But not now -- not with the price of gas so high.

Are You a Mindful Listener?

Ora Nadrich | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

To be a mindful listener you need to truly listen, and what that means is maybe talk a little less. You'll have plenty of opportunity to speak what's on your mind, but by being a better listener, it will actually make you a more thoughtful speaker.

What Role Should Men Play In Feminism? 5 Men Weigh In

Ravishly | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Ravishly

The fight for equality among all genders, races and sexual orientations requires just that same rainbow of people who want change -- and this includes men.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings o...

Silence Will Not Save Us

David Vognar | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
David Vognar

Even if we choose to have civil conversations with each other about tense topics, it is no guarantee we can solve them instantaneously. But surely what cannot be discussed cannot be solved.

Stop Ebola With Deep Dialogue, Not Bullhorns

Tiffany Persons | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Tiffany Persons

Strangers are driving through rural regions of Sierra Leone with bullhorns, shouting instructions about how to stay safe from the Ebola virus. Their intentions may be admirable, but their tactics are probably ineffective. Loud voices do not always get heard.

Cliff Claven Notes for Your Life

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

It's alarming the subjects that seemingly astute people draw complete blanks on. Don't feel guilty. Who can possibly be conversant on all the information amassed since we first put quill to parchment?

Teens, Parents and Alcohol: Tough Questions You Need to Answer

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

Rolled eyes, sullen silence or even outright denial; these are often the reactions parents encounter when they try to talk with their adolescent children about alcohol.

This Video Is Proof That No Emoji Can Beat Talking Face To Face IRL

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.01.2014 | Good News

It turns out an ability to read between the lines of text messages has lived within us all along. However, it has nothing to do with our phones the...

Too Much of a Good Thing

Christa Dowling | Posted 11.28.2014 | Technology
Christa Dowling

In our world of total technology... the most prevalent and continuous addiction is technology.