Here’s a conversation tip from #34 on our Most Creative People of the year list, comedian Marc Maron.
“I don’t make a list of questions. Ever. I think a lot of my interviews are driven by my need to feel connection. You listen and when you hear intonations, you hear feelings. It’s just feeling where there’s something more, getting them to a place that they’re not usually.”
Fast Company writer Ellen McGirt has been communicating with Newark Mayor Cory Booker about his new site Waywire for a while now. But after chatting with the charismatic leader face-to-face, her biggest take-away is:
“An in-person pow-wow is almost always a more effective way for communicating a thought.”
Join us today at 11:30 AM EST for a free online discussion about why people have such a hard time thinking rationally about the future, and how to fix to that.
Something about the way we think about, envision, and even describe the future makes it hard for us to conceive of it as anything but a continuation of what is happening today, even though it often deviates from our expectations.
Want to be more persuasive? Check out this article on the “But You Are Free” method.
Make a request, but acknowledge the other person has a choice. PsyBlog explains that this persuasion technique reaffirms the person’s freedom of choice and indirectly tells the other person that you’re not threatening his/her ability right to say no.
- Turn a bad idea into a good idea by asking “why?”
- Win the mind game.
To harness the power of others’ unconscious brains, kick off every important dialogue with your pearly whites. “If I smile at someone, mirror neurons mimic that behavior. To some extent, that person smiles inside.”
- Cut the urgency BS. “High Priority” emails will get you no where.
- Tackle failure.
Make failure a regular part of conversation.
- Understand your quiet colleagues.
- Explain an idea.
- Keep explanations clear and simple.
What are some other tips for navigating conversation in the workplace?