Improve Your Conversation–5 Great Tips

My host, Joel Williams, asked for my top 5 ways to improve your conversation

When Katie Highsmith–my usual host for “The Local Hour” on WDUN, 550 AM on Monday mornings–took a short vacation to attend a wedding in Houston, TX, Joel Williams substituted as my interviewer.

We opened our conversation by observing how important conversation is, both for professional success and for personal enjoyment.

Well, if you want to be the person who enters a Business After Hours gathering with increased confidence–because you have the keys to starting and maintaining a compelling conversation–you will want to hear our brief interview. Or if you want to become more persuasive with your sales prospects, or more adept at building relationships, take ten minutes to consider the approach I describe. And for sure, if you’re going through job interviews, recognize that the ability to make small talk can bring big-time returns.

I suggest that you pay special attention to one of the quotes I used, taken from an anonymous writer: “A bore talks about himself or herself, a gossip talks about other people, and a great conversationalist talks about you.

As you listen to my 5 tips, evaluate your own conversational habits. Rate yourself. Are you the person people want at their dinner table? If not, which of the recommended steps should you take?

NOW LISTEN TO MY FIVE TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR CONVERSATION
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Positive Self-Talk Supports Your Life and Career

Katie Highsmith hosts me on WDUN's "The Local Hour" to discuss the personal and professional advantages of positive self-talk

“What?” you protest, “I don’t talk to myself!”

Yet think about that for a minute. Haven’t you muttered comments like these?

“I’m always late.”
“This job interview scares me.”
“No way I can speak to an audience without having a panic attack.”
“Usually, I am not a good mother.”
“Remembering names just isn’t one of my talents.”
“Heck, no way I can land that account.”
“Going back to college wouldn’t work. I’m not smart enough.”
“Helen will get the promotion, because it’s a sure thing I won’t.”

Or if you haven’t used those words exactly, chances are good that you have rated yourself low in other ways. With that in mind, Katie Highsmith and I discussed the incredible results that powerful self-talk brings to your life and career. Among our topics:

*What to say to yourself before your job interview
*How your inner dialogue will help you deliver a more compelling speech
*Dr. Shad Helmstetter, author of the pioneering classic book on this topic, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself.
*Helmstetter’s concept of “erase and replace”
*How to access Self-Talk videos on You Tube, one produced by Helmstetter and one that I produced
*Why supportive self-talk carries special importance on Monday morning

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NOW LISTEN TO KATIE INTERVIEW ME ABOUT SELF-TALK
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