Henrik Edberg says that you shouldn’t make a habit of committing these 10 conversation mistakes.
1. Not Listening
Many people mistake conversing as talking. Talking’s just half of it; the other half is listening. Another mistake is to think that listening is simply “not talking.” Well, it’s not it, either. Instead of thinking what to put forth after the other person is done talking, take time to really listen. Avoid questions that are easily answerable by “yes” or “no.” Ask questions that will encourage the other person to think about the subject deeper.
2. Making the Conversation Sound Like a Third-Degree Interrogation
Alternately, ask questions and share ideas. Let the exchange of ideas flow naturally. Ask questions but don’t be too intrusive.