Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let's just talk.

It's been a long time since I've posted. And I know exactly why. I have been out of ideas.
But you don't need any ideas to talk to people.
Talking is a good way to get to know people, and to share interests, and to maintain social connections, and to expand your vocabulary. Talking is how humans have communicated through the years. Talking is a wonderful thing.
Talking is a wonderful thing.
Some people like to talk, more than others. And why should that be a bad thing? I mean, sure, it can get annoying to people, and if they talk too much, they can be labeled as a "chatterbox" or a "chatty Kathy." So what if "Kathy"s have more to say? Talking is a great skill.
Talking is a wonderful thing.
People have resorted to texting, tweeting, emailing, etc. And while that's fun and good and all, have people forgotten how to talk to each other?
Not literally. Figuratively. When people sit down, without phones and laptops and technology, do they forget? Do they forget how to start a conversation without the help of "Have you seen that new YouTube video" or "Look at this adorable cat picture"?
I bet if people couldn't talk about videos or pictures or anything technology-related, they would not know what to talk about.
And it's not just people and technology.
It's people and their inactive conversation skills.
"I." "Me." "My." Not "you." "Your." "Yourself."
People like to talk about themselves. I do it too. But what I really am aiming to do is to ask about people. Let them talk about themselves. Be interested in them. Talk about them.
Talking is a wonderful thing.
So, answer these questions about yourself: What's your favorite color? What do you like to do? Where is the most exciting place you have been? Do you have any siblings or pets? Tell me about yourself.
And they will.
And hopefully, they will ask about you as well. Then you get to talk about yourself. Then you ask about them. Back and forth. Back and forth. Conversation.
I know people who need to work on this. I'm not going to lie. Some people I know are horrible conversationalists. They constantly need to talk about themselves, and they don't listen. I might be a hypocrite. I admit. But these people need to listen, not just hear.
Talking is a wonderful thing.
Take into account that these people have lived life, and they have stories, and they are willing to share them.
Some stories you may find interesting.
So, once again: What's your favorite color? What do you like to do? Where is the most exciting place you have been? Do you have any siblings or pets?
Tell me about yourself.
Talking is a wonderful thing.