Win the Gold in Conversation

The XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 are beginning in Sochi. Most of us are not the exceptional athletes in the sports featured

five middle-aged white men and women, yellow tablecloth, filled wood bookshelves

Going for the gold in conversation means achieving stronger relationships

at the Olympics. We are, or can be, exceptional in our own daily events.

‘Conversation’ is one such daily event. While ‘Conversation’ will never be a competitive sport at the Olympics, with attention to detail and perfect practice, you can bring gold medal-worthy performance to your conversations. It starts with realizing that your conversations are more than an exchange of information, they are an opportunity to establish trust and thereby build your relationships.

When you bring curiosity, listening, understanding and sharing into your conversations, they become fun and rewarding. More importantly, you get to know others and they get to know you. Now, you’re not only exchanging information, you’re building trust with others. Relationships built on trust are powerful and enduring. They are tough enough to provide support for life’s storms, withstand doubt or misunderstanding, and to give us gifts far beyond our expectations.

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

~ Lady Dorothy Nevill

Your Personal Appraisal

  • How do you show your interest in what others have to say?
  • What would happen in your conversations if you mentally counted five seconds of silence before responding?
  • When others speak, are you listening for the meaning of their words, or for the opportunity to speak?
  • Do you share yourself in conversations or let others do all of the talking?

Life Is Honest, Open and True: Conversation can bring you closer to the people who are important to you. You can achieve the best for yourself and for those you’re speaking with when you:

  • Honestly listen to what is being said
  • Are open to letting conversations go in their own direction
  • Make establishing true connections with others your first priority

Do you struggle to keep your conversations collaborative? Is there someone in your life who views conversation as a competition? Tell me how you handle it in the comments or tweet me @lifeishotblog with the hash tag #LifeIsHOT!

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