…is an opportunity for me to blow the whistle and remind you to stop, take a deep breath, and smile. I will be sharing material that has made me smile, a video, a statement, an image or a story. It could be something beautiful, funny, inspiring, or amazing my only criteria is that it makes me smile and that I hope to pass that smile on to you. Take a time-out, this one’s on me.
Small Talk to Connect
This Thanksgiving, as we come together with family and friends, some that we may only see once or twice a year, let’s put down our mobile devices and resort to good old fashioned chatting. From the TED website, I want to share How to Turn Small Talk Into Smart Conversation. I think the Thanksgiving dinner table is a great way to practice your conversation skills, and really, who better to learn new things about than your own family and friends? If reading the article or watching the videos are too much, here is one simple trick for conversation. Ask for stories instead of answers. Instead of asking “How was your day?” ask ” What did you do today?” Think outside the box and take this rare opportunity of family time and enjoy getting to know your roots.
If you like videos, here are a couple of TED talks that share some interesting thoughts on talking.
Here Susan Cain shares The Power of Introverts (19 minutes 04 seconds)
Ash Beckam shares We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up. (9 minutes 22 seconds)
I hope you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones doing the things you love!
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