I went to an OSU – Michigan party at a friend’s house over the weekend and typically what I always try to do is carry on a conversation with someone I don’t know or hardly know. When doing so I tried to recall the item’s on Ben Franklin’s list of things to do and not to do when talking with others shown below.
1 – Listen and show an interest in the person you are talking to.
2 – Avoid overtalking.
3 – Don’t always speak about yourself and your affairs.
4 – Don’t ask too many questions and avoid prying.
5 – Avoid telling long stories.
6 – Try not to contradict or dispute what the other person is saying.
7 – Try not to ridicule or mock the person you are talking with.
8 – Don’t interrupt.
9 – Always be courteous.
10 – Avoid giving advice.
Hmmmm … I wonder if Ben made exceptions when talking with family members ?