Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right podcast, Episode 19: 5 Benefits From Carrying on a Conversation.
My Recent Restaurant Experience – The Value of Conversation
Just recently I went to a restaurant, sat down, and began talking to others in my party. We were carrying on a good conversation and then one person at the table pulled out his phone to look at something. Before long, everyone at the table was looking at their phone and the conversation had all but ceased.
When that happened, I looked around the restaurant and saw many other tables where the same thing was happening. People would be gathered together for the meal but only giving the others in their party half or a quarter of their attention.
Now, I am right on the fringe between Gen X and millennials and some would say that this new phone addiction is just a millennial thing. I’ll tell you though, when I looked around, those on their phones were members of each generation.
As I saw that going on, I actually felt a little sad because so many people are missing out on so much just by staring at their phones. Just starting up a simple conversation can do so much for you and those you are sitting with.
5 Benefits From Carrying on a Conversation
So what can you gain from a conversation? We’ll talk about five benefits you can gain from continuing the conversation after a quick break for our sponsors.
1. It can improve your day!
A simple conversation can help you to have a better day. I can also give you positive energy to handle the challenges that come your way.
2. Give you another perspective on life
Talking to others from diverse backgrounds can give you different perspectives. That can open your eyes to how and why others believe what they believe.
3. Learn something new
Everyone has their own unique knowledge. When you talk to others and try to learn about them, you can learn a lot. You can learn about their interests, hobbies, or professions.
4. Share your knowledge with others
I have had many questions that were answered by just sharing my thoughts and questions with others. You may have knowledge you can share with others that will answer their questions.
5. Strengthen the personal relationship
Most importantly, you can have good discussions that strengthen personal relationships with others. Those relationships can often help us when we go through the challenges or trials of life and leadership.
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