10 ways to have a better conversation

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When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

Aired February 16, 2016

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Vivien B
Thank you for a very interesting and helpful talk.
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Matthew C
An excellent subject and awesome way to tackle the way of learning about a topic or person
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Renata S
Brilliant and very useful.
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Terri S
Absolutely fascinating!
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Ann M
Best tips ever regarding LISTENING. Expands the world...
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