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5 Tips For Making Small Talk Less Awkward

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

Small talk gets a bad rap. How many times have you heard someone complain about how much they wish they could cut through all of the "filler" and just talk about what's important? But the truth is, small talk is the most important part of a conversation.

Why Don't We Talk Anymore?

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophia A. Nelson

"It's so funny how we don't talk anymore, It's so funny why we don't talk anymore." -- Cliff Richard, We Don't Talk Anymore Something has gone wrong....

Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Think of talking to yourself as a tool to coach yourself through a challenge, or to narrate your own experiences to yourself. In any case, treat yourself with respect and you just may find you enjoy your own company.

Confession: OMG, I Can't Stop E-Talking Like A Preteen

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Jennifer Benjamin

No, I don't take selfies, I don't twerk, and I don't follow One Direction, but I use so many acronyms, you'd think I was writing in NSA-level code. My emails are studded with so many exclamation points that the page looks like a paint-splattered Jackson Pollock.

When Talking Fails, We Communicate Anyway

Carl Alasko | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Carl Alasko

Here's a solid fact: We cannot not communicate. We communicate even when we're as mute as a tree stump or as absent as a cold day in hell. Saying noth...

I'm With Stupid: Pity the Poor, Misunderstood Loquaciavore

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

You've heard the word "locavore," right? A locavore is defined as "one who eats food grown locally as much as possible." Well, I would consider myself a "loquaciavore," which, of course, is defined as "one who talks to anyone in one's locality as much as possible."

'Cool Hand Luke' Quote was Right: Failure to Communicate is Spreading

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
The University of Central Florida Forum

The spoken word is a beautiful gift to mankind. But it appears we are intent on treating it like an oversized sweater given by some distant aunt at the holiday season; we put it in a drawer and forget about it.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be 'There'

Marie Marley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. Too often we assume they don't know what's going on around them. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them.

What It Actually Feels Like to Stutter

Madeline Wahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

Stuttering was more than peppering a sentence with a few extra syllables. It was the heart-wrenching realization that the word wasn't coming out of my mouth no matter how hard I tried.

The Three Magic Words

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Following these guidelines won't guarantee a successful result every time, but doing so will make that outcome more likely. Non-reactive listening and non-blaming speaking are learned skills that can be cultivated with practice.

Verbs Are Just Verbiage

Charlie Carillo | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

When it comes to communication, life isn't always Oprah or Dr. Phil. Sometimes, less really is more.

The Art of Conversation (What Conversation?)

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.15.2013 | San Francisco
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Who doesn't love their electronic gadgets? Of course they are brilliant at relaying information. But when we engage in electronic communication, it's important to follow some basic e-etiquette rules.

Future Conversations

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

Confronting an incredibly seductive array of "devices" we sometimes forget that the foundation of any society is the ability of its members to interact, communicate, and compromise for the common good.

Talking It Out: It Will Solve (Some) Problems in Congress

Eli Lehrer | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

With approval for Congress near an all-time low, elected officials need some real change. There's no magic way to fix Washington or make it work but there is one thing that members of Congress on both sides need to do more of: talk and socialize with people from the other party.

Less Talk, More Action

Amanda Slavin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

I think there is a time and place in a casual setting with people you love and trust to over-discuss and to over-share, and there is a time to listen, to absorb and to be strategic with your responses.

7 Things Divorced Dads NEED To Know About Dating Again

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.14.2012 | Divorce
Lisa Marie Wilson

Many of my divorced guy friends are frustrated because they go on first dates, but the second date eludes them.

Is Texting Ruining The Art Of Conversation?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology

CHICAGO -- Anna Schiferl hadn't even rolled out of bed when she reached for her cell phone and typed a text to her mom, one recent Saturday. Mom was r...

How to Cope With People Who Talk Too Much

Warren Adler | Posted 04.23.2012 | Style
Warren Adler

The speaker, wrapped up in his narcissistic binge, hasn't a clue to your interest level. He is convinced that you are enraptured by his monologue, an oral deluge about which you have long lost interest.

WATCH: Have You Ever Had A Dream Like This?

Posted 08.10.2011 | Comedy

Public speaking can be super nerve-wracking, especially when you're a kid. Add a video camera to the mix and you're just asking for trouble. Exhibi...

Toxic Venting: When To Stop Listening

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Good listening seeks to understand, but it is not always silent, and it does not automatically dismiss accountability. As a result, it is decidedly not what some people are looking for: a toxic dump site.

Understanding Stuttering

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In The King's Speech, Colin Firth portrays the stuttering, struggling King George VI. An estimated 3 million adults and children in the United States stutter.

"We Really Must Talk"

Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino

The often brutal process of a divorce brings a family stress and pain equal to a death of a close family member, affecting everyone, but nobody more deeply, traumatically and irreversibly than the children.

When and Why Not to Talk About Everything

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

Talking is a balm for the lonely and afraid, but a poison for those who use it to replace the art of living.

Why We Talk (Or Don't Talk) So Much

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

My initial hypothesis was that talkers are socially conditioned. The 'talking gene' must be related to other traits like aggressiveness, openness, and friendliness; and that this is contingent upon a child's behavior.

Roommate Etiquette: How to Live Together in a Sluggish Economy

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Your college roommates may have been a piece of cake, but the second time around may not go as smoothly for anyone having to share a living quarters.