The lost art of conversation

You come in early, you work hard, you leave late, and you start it all over again the next day. You spend half of your waking hours in this place, but it doesn’t seem to be paying off.

If this is you, let me ask – how’s your relationship with your boss? Do you connect often and is she helping you reach your growth goals? Do you regularly leave meetings feeling, heard and supported, with positive forward momentum?

If you’re struggling in this area, you’re not alone.

If you’re like most Americans, you spend four times as much time texting as you do in phone calls. And if you grew up in the digital age, you might be like these students, struggling to converse effectively in a face-to-face conversation.

Over my 18-year career, I have seen time and time again that my success and upward mobility at work depended way more on my ability to connect with others than with my technical or institutional knowledge. Knowing how to make connections through conversation is the single-most under-taught skill today for young people entering the workforce.

So try this – the next time you have a meeting with your boss, note if at any point in the meeting you felt misunderstood, defensive, judged, or frustrated. This is a good indication of a breakdown in communication.

The good news is, you can learn how to have better communications. And you’ve come to the right place to get started!



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