How to Start a Productive Conversation

Do you find it difficult to start up a conversation with people at your workplace? Do you hesitate because someone is different from you - maybe from a different background or point of view. Do you feel that you'll never be able to find common ground with someone because they are so different from you? If that is the case, here are some common sense tips to finding common ground and starting new conversations. It's really important to overcome your reservations and build relationships with co-workers - growing your community of people is truly worth it. 

Tip 1: Discuss - Don't Debate
Whatever the topic, try to better understand the other person's perspective. It's more important to 'share' points of view than to win an argument. 

Tip 2. Listen. And be Heard
Pay attention to what the other person is trying to say. Don't focus on your own responses. Listen. Then, you may find that your own ideas get a fair hearing.

Tip 3: It's OK to feel a little uncomfortable.
Think out of the box. Leave your comfort zone. Certainly doing this may feel uncomfortable. But remember - keep an open mind. Don't close yourself off to new ideas. You'll learn something new!

Tip 4: Think positive
Invest in the belief that having a conversation is going to lead to a positive, productive outcome.

Tip 5: Ask questions
Make sure you ask the other person to explain their point of view. Don't let misunderstandings cloud the truth.  Make sure you both clearly understand each other correctly.

Tip 6: Be Honest.
If you've made a mistake, admit it. Honesty leads to better communication and conversations!

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Do you find it difficult to start up a conversation with people at your workplace? Do you hesitate because someone is different from you - maybe from a different background or point of view. Do you feel that you'll never be able to find common ground with someone because they are so different from you? If that is the case, here are some common sense tips to finding common ground and starting new conversations. It's really important to overcome your reservations and build relationships with co-workers - growing your community of people is truly worth it. 

Tip 1: Discuss - Don't Debate
Whatever the topic, try to better understand the other person's perspective. It's more important to 'share' points of view than to win an argument. 

Tip 2. Listen. And be Heard
Pay attention to what the other person is trying to say. Don't focus on your own responses. Listen. Then, you may find that your own ideas get a fair hearing.

Tip 3: It's OK to feel a little uncomfortable.
Think out of the box. Leave your comfort zone. Certainly doing this may feel uncomfortable. But remember - keep an open mind. Don't close yourself off to new ideas. You'll learn something new!

Tip 4: Think positive
Invest in the belief that having a conversation is going to lead to a positive, productive outcome.

Tip 5: Ask questions
Make sure you ask the other person to explain their point of view. Don't let misunderstandings cloud the truth.  Make sure you both clearly understand each other correctly.

Tip 6: Be Honest.
If you've made a mistake, admit it. Honesty leads to better communication and conversations!

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