By Linda Tancs
French philosopher Jean de La Bruyère observed, “The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.” It’s a great act of humility to let others shine, to take a back seat in the conversation (Philippians 2:3). You might even call it a challenge. After all, we live in a “selfie” culture, where everyone is obsessed with their own importance, their own light.
What kind of conversationalist are you? Do you hog the limelight? Do you need to get a word in edgewise? Try a different approach.
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