Some people talk a lot. Others talk very little. You don’t have to ask someone that talks a lot a question in order to get them to talk. In fact, for some, all you have to do is walk within earshot. What many talkers don’t seem to know is that non-talkers can talk too! But they don’t talk when the talkers are taking up all of the space in the conversation. This article discusses what I learned by observing the conversations of the four dinner parties I attended over the Thanksgiving holiday. Although dinner parties are certainly distinct from mediation, I am confident that what I noted at these parties will help me communicate more effectively in mediation and in general.
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