In the age of texting mania, most people feel far more comfortable with their heads buried in the phones than having a real conversation. But there is an energy, a spark, which happens between people when they are genuinely connecting in person that you simply cannot replace with an email, a newsletter, a photo or even a video.

Great conversations matter.

They make a difference in your work. They cultivate new friendships. They heal old wounds. They bring new ideas into reality. They make you feel ALIVE.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of watching Celeste Headlee’s TED talk: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation. It’s fabulous. Meaty and to the point she highlights 10 critical tips to make conversations really shine. As you can imagine, I agree with each point whole-heartedly.

As technology drives our communication habits, I encourage you to build your good old-fashioned speaking skills along the way. Make time to sit down and talk to someone this week. See how it makes you feel. You may be surprised by what you discover.

PS: Conversations can be tricky. What exactly do you struggle with when you are chatting with people? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer your questions. We all feel awkward from time to time, but when we sit on the sidelines in life we don’t get to play the game. No need to miss the fun.

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