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How Can I Get Better at Small Talk?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2017 | Healthy Living

How can I get better at small talk? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people wit...

Practice Saying 'NO!'

Ellie Newman | Posted 12.23.2016 | Women
Ellie Newman

Practice saying "No" and its semantically softer companions: No thank you. I'd rather not. I don't think so. Not just now. Maybe another time. I don't...

Philosophy is Not Convoluted, It Can Spark Great Conversation

Quora | Posted 11.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul

What are some philosophical questions that would make great conversation points? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where co...

A Return to Simpler Times (Before Technology Complicated Things)

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.09.2016 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

I've always had a tremendous appreciation for technology. I'm continuously wowed by the innovations that have revolutionized our lives, but I also fea...

Be Kind To Your-Bed Sharing Partner: Eight Suggestions

Paul C. Rosenblatt | Posted 10.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul C. Rosenblatt

There are a million different things you could do to be kind, and you are possibly the world's expert on what your partner would consider kind. But here are eight suggestions. Possibly they will just reinforce what you already know, or maybe they will give you fresh ideas of things to try.

Scary Green Pants

Living Room Conversations | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Mary Gaylord One of my favorite books is What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss. The story is about a person afraid of a pair of empty, quivering, pa...

I Choose the Benefit of the Doubt

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Jen Barton The Declaration of Independence speaks of inalienable rights, meaning rights that can't be taken away. Thomas Jefferson defines these r...

A Battle or A War?

Ellie Newman | Posted 09.02.2016 | Women
Ellie Newman

A battle is a conflict that can be resolved constructively, leading to an enhanced relationship. When you are at war, there are constant, repetitive, unresolved battles. War is not productive and only serves to hamper your relationship, increase dissonance and create more battles.

UnReal Actor Genry White and Chef Bruce Kalman

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

I often bring together celebs who don't know each other; but, it is rare that they get on as well as young actor, Gentry White, (Lifetime's UnReal and AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies) and James Beard nominated Chef Bruce Kalman of Union in Pasadena and Knead Pasta Co. in L.A.'s Grand Central Market.

We're All Just Walking Each Other Home.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Living Room Conversations

by Linda Taylor We've just heard that Jesus and the disciples were turned away from a Samaritan village where they may have expected to be welcomed....

I Am, I Feel -- A Tale Of Compassion And A Longing For A Kinder Society

Nicola Arnold CPCC | Posted 08.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nicola Arnold CPCC

I can either let this temporary interaction steer me into a path of negativity where my gremlin will have a party and constantly whine and repeat phrases such as 'I am not enough', or I can ask myself 'whether there's any truth in what's been said?'

Spending Time Together

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do you build a bond with your child? You don't need big special events to spend with your child or teen. Ordinary everyday moments build your connection. Every day if you just spend time together, those will be moments to remember.

Die Dashboards Die! Why Conversations Will Reinvent Software

Nir Eyal | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
Nir Eyal

In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software--particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation.

How Can We Unite If We Don't Even Understand Each Other?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Jacob Z. Hess, Partner, Living Room Conversations It's been a rough month in America. From Orlando to Dallas, from Louisiana to Minnesota, the bl...

Networking for Introverts - 7 Simple Steps

Michael S Solomon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Michael S Solomon

You've heard it before: it's not what you know, but whom you know. hate networking. That's ok, a lot of people do. And networking for introverts is even more challenging.

Network Of Conversations

Lisa Rosas | Posted 06.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Rosas

We can then begin to come from a place of authenticity and care. If we are vulnerable and speak our truth and fears while not blaming the other, we can generate more open dialogue and connection.

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

55,000 People Have a Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

To be precise, there were over 3,500 conversations, involving 55,000 people. All on one day, in and around Chicago. Wow.

It's Never Too Late to Bring Up Unfinished Business

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

There is no statue of limitations on past issues and it's never too late to bring up a previously discussed subject. As long as our commitment is to heal the damage and restore trust and harmony, it's likely that the results of our efforts will be deeply and mutually fulfilling!

Ending Zombie Politics Needs A Conspiracy To Conspire

Living Room Conversations | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Ralph Benko Sick of Hate Politics? We are too. Call our current epoch The Political Night of the Living Dead. Zombie Politics. There is a...

6 Tips for Nailing the First Date Conversation

Mindy Utay | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

How do you make the most of that all-important first date by having a conversation that balances hope and reality so you don't waste precious time on a relationship that will ultimately go nowhere?

#TalkToMe: My Mom on Not Having Grandkids, NYC in 1963 and Motherhood

Francesca Hogi | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Francesca Hogi

I sat down with my favorite person, (aka, my mother Joyce Hogi). She shared her thoughts on not being a grandmother, the culture shock of migrating to New York City from rural Alabama in 1963, and the best thing about motherhood.

Bridging America's Divide - Can the Internet Help?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

That is what the Internet of the future can provide us - easy access to diverse opinions and people so we can understand the issues and each other better, ultimately making better decisions as individuals and as a society.

ADVICE 11: The Conversational Trick Everyone Should Know

Brent Stoller | Posted 04.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

What you don't want to do is take it personally. It's easy to feel rejected, because that's what having another person show no interest in you feels like. But is that what actually happened? Can someone truly reject you if they haven't gotten to know you? And more importantly, if you know someone doesn't want to be friends with you, do you still want to be friends with them?

Speak Me a River: Resurrecting the Lost Art of Conversation

Patti Digh | Posted 04.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Patti Digh

Oh, we lose so much with our need for immediate outcomes. What if the process, that navigation of time with words and sense-making, was the only reason?