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Watch “Soul Conversations with Aarti Sharma Ep. 1”

Up Your Game Community presents thr first ever Soul Conversations with Aarti Sharma as conceptualised by Dose with Grace.

3 guests (Maddie, Eileen Yap & Dr. Vimala) join the first episode with soul conversations facilitator Aarti Sharma for an insightful session where they
discuss everything from motherhood to being in the flow to spirituality.

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9 All Purpose Conversation Starters

Ready to use tool kits seem to be all the fuss these days. And why not? There is an infinite volumn of resources out there. Well, seemingly infinite.

Ever got lost on how to get a conversation going or wished for more interesting conversations beyond food, travel and the weather?

Here are 9 all purpose conversation starters to get you going.

  1. What got you to sign up for this?
  2. If your life were a movie, how would you classify it? Thriller, Romance, Comedy? Let’s hear the story.
  3. Who is the most interesting person you have met today/recently? Why?
  4. Have you thought about your ideal retirement?
  5. Are you an urban person or do you prefer the countrysides?
  6. You seem to have great taste in how you dress up. Where do you shop?
  7. Whats your drink?
  8. What were your ambitions growing up?
  9. What are the three values that define you best?

Whats your list? Add in the comments!

Take Ownership For Your Conversations

Having been in the field of communications for over a decade both as a consultant and a speaker, I have met many people with varying proficiencies in communications.

What makes me sympathetic towards some of them though is the closed, almost fortified, approach they have towards their conversations, interactions and dealings with people who could potentially be of great value to them and their businesses.

The basic model of communications involves, traditionally, a sender and a receiver. In this, ideally the sender is successful in delivering the message as intended in the most perfect manner and the receiver is able to receive it as intended without their own personal prejudices or internal blocks and barriers altering it before their minds can accurately process the message.

However, as we know, the world is not perfect. We often do not get the benefit of the ideal. Our approaches, preferences, learnings, experiences, business cultural backgrounds, fluency and a whole lot more differ from person to person.

While one may prefer a more direct yet casual approach to opening conversations, some may prefer a more formal and ‘proper’ approach. I mean Warren Buffet loves his suits while Mark Zuckerberg made his billions in t-shirt and jeans.

The trick really is not in how one has sent their message to you or how you prefer to receive it. The primary rule of relationships is to first be interested in every possibility and connection rather than seeking to be impressed.

No one would know what would be of value or meaning to you better than yourself. So take the opportunity to communicate to find meaning, opportunities, possibilities instead of judging how you are being communicated to and in the process building barriers and discounting potential.

Ask the right questions. If what was communicated was not sufficient, be specific in what other details you require. Be open to share what would be of value to you. Help the sender or receiver to help you create your desired meaning.

By doing so you ensure many more fulfilling and rewarding interactions. You do not need to put yourself on a pedestal waiting to be convinced. Place yourself upon a bridge to actively find connecting points.

Dale Carnegie said “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

Take ownership.

By Rahul Shah

Communications Speaker &

Founder of Up Your Game Community