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Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) wants you to master the art and science of conversation. She is the author of the the best-selling book is We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter. 

Celeste is a modern day renaissance woman. She is a podcast host, author, public speaker and professional opera singer. She hosts the well-respected public radio podcast, On Second Thought.

Celeste Headlee
Celeste Headlee

Celeste offers a lot of great nuggets to help us to converse better with one another. She has written the playbook for conversations. Better conversations celeste headlee

Some of her conversational tricks of the trade are:

1. When having conversations, try not to repeat yourself. When you repeat yourself,  it’s condescending and boring. You are also training people not to listen to you.

2. When asking questions, keep it simple. As a rule of thumb, when you ask a complicated question, you’ll get a simple answer. When you ask a simple question, you’ll get a complicated answer. Complex questions limit how the person responses. When talking to others, open-ended questions are the best way to elicit interesting responses.

3. Don’t multi-task. When talking to others, be present. That means, putting the phone down. When you’re speaking with others, don’t check Twitter or post your Instagram selfie.

4. Vocabulary, body language and tone are the three most important elements to communicating effectively. When you’re emailing people, you only use two of those elements. Email is extremely inefficient. When in doubt, pick up the phone to speak with others. Picking up the phone matters because you get 2/3 of the meaning elements.

5. When I asked her she introduces herself in a room, she stated that she “code switches.” What she chooses to intro herself as, as depends on where she is. If she’s in a place where people know her for radio, that’s how she introduces herself. If she’s in a place where.

“We must learn how to talk to one another and, more important, listen to one other. We must learn to talk to people we disagree with, because you can’t unfriend everyone in real life.” Celeste Headlee

This episode you’ll learn how to:

  • Become a great conversationalist

  • Master the art of conversation

  • Be present in conversations

  • Become a better active listener

  • Ask simple questions to get complex answers

  • Use small talk to make us happier

Find Celeste Headlee at her website: http://www.celesteheadlee.com/

Find her book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAID961/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Celeste Headlee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CelesteHeadlee

Listen to our podcast archives including our episode with Brad Feld on Entrepreneurship and Depression.

Celeste Headlee’s TED Talks have been viewed over 10 Million times.

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