The Art of Conversation

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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