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Celeste Headlee: How to have a better conversation in 10 steps

Celeste Headlee

Through her job as a professional interviewer, Celeste Headlee has spoken to countless numbers of people in her life. In this recent TED Talk, she draws from those experiences to show us how to maintain and develop the dying art of conversation. Granddaughter of the great African-American composer, William Grant Still, Headlee’s advice is suitable for both young and old. 

“I make my living talking to people. Nobel Prize winners, truck drivers, billionaires, kindergarten teachers, heads of state, plumbers. I talk to people that I like. I talk to people that I don’t like. I talk to some people that I disagree with deeply on a personal level. But I still have a great conversation with them. So I’d like to spend the next 10 minutes or so teaching you how to talk and how to listen.” – Celeste Headlee

Headlee’s talk doesn’t just give advice about speaking to people in a professional capacity, but on a personal, empathetic level as well. One of the most enlightening and valuable talks of recent weeks, here it is in full and remember;

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye.

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