Good Conversation Is an Art
It Depends On the Power to Listen Patiently
The Power to Speak the Mind Promptly
Wit and Humor Avoid Self-Advertisement; Do Not Be Dogmatic
Do Not Interrupt When Another Is Speaking
Do Not Get Heated or Lose Your Tempera Pleasant Relaxation
The brilliance of conversation is a natural gift, but it is possible for most of us to talk with ease, grease, and information, to interest and attract our listeners. It requires a little practice, some patience, and care. One may not be a brilliant talker but he can surely avoid becoming twaddle or a crashing bore. Willingness to listen is essential in conversation.
There are creation qualities that one must cultivate if one wants to attract others to his company. Conversation, it goes without saying, to attract others to his company. Conversation, it without saying, is a social habit, and as such, the first thing necessary is to cultivate the virtue of politeness. One must, not contradict others merely for the sake of his opponent’s ignorance of misinformation. One should acquire the habit of listening to the point of view of others with sympathy and patience. A good listener is almost always a good talker. One should try to be interested in and talk upon a variety of subjects. Wit and humor are good assets but it is not given to every one to be witty or humorous. But next to wit, one must be able to talk with information.
There are some who are always in the habit of talking of them, of what they have said done in their lives. One should take of oneself only to one’s intimate friends and never is it good to have strong views of one’s own, but it is not good to regard them as infallible and try to impose them on others. Such attempts invariably lead to loss of temper, where people meet for gossip and good-fellowship.
If the conversation is perfectly conducted, it gives a pleasant recreation after a day hard work. In Europe, the salons of France or the English clubs and drawing-rooms and coffee-house, ‘tortoise club’ haunted by Dr. Johnson, used to be the centers of exciting conversation.
Conversation is perhaps no longer the popular feature that it used to be in words, conversation, exchange adds a flavor to the otherwise dry and dreary routine we exchange to follow nowadays.