Laughter. Libations. Listening
These gatherings often provide a glimpse of the conversphere. A crowded room may have several small chats going on at once.
On the outside of the chatter, the whole sounds like noise. But upon engagement to any of the conversations, you will find out the topic of the talk. You may listen for a bit and join in, or possibly decide to move on. Noise on the outside, Signal upon engagement.
Once you find a good conversation to join, watch how you respond. I'm willing to bet it goes a bit like this:
- You listen for a bit.
- People begin to acknowledge you've joined in.
- You'll silently agree to something with a nod or raise an eyebrow at a point being made
- You'll engage with your voice.
It's rare anyone jumps into a circle of talk and takes over the conversation. As a matter of practice, I will submit the most popular conversationalists are … the listeners.
This holiday season, drive safe and listen generously.
Photo on Flickr by MrGiles