No groundbreaking communication tools in this book. If you like Larry King, it’s a decent read.
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• Two ingredients to be a good conversationalist: a sincere interest in the other person and an openness to them about yourself.
• Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.
• There’s a saying that your broaden your horizons through travel, but if you are curious enough to listen to other people, you can broaden your horizons without leaving your backyard.
• When I’m giving a speech, one of my own cardinal rules is “Never stay serious too long.” That same applies to conversation, maybe more so.
• “The difference between the almost-right and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” -Mark Twain
• Two characteristics of successful men and women: knowing good advice when you hear it, and being honest with yourself about your talents and your limitations.
• My first rule of conversation is this: I never learn a thing while I’m talking. I realize every morning that nothing I say today will teach me anything, so if I’m going to learn a lot today, I’ll have to do it by listening.
• The best conversationalists are curious about everything. That’s why they are good at listening and why they have broad horizons—they’re always learning something new.
• Successful people who cannot express themselves well? I can’t think of one.
• He who never makes a mistake seldom makes anything else.
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