How Conversation Works: Becoming a Better Communicator

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.                  Colossians 4:6

How good of a communicator are you? Would you like to learn ways to be more effective when talking with family, friends, colleagues or even those you meet for the first time?

In January, we’ll begin a six week class, How Conversation Works: Six Lessons for Better Communication. Here are the topics:

  • How to become conversationally aware
  • How the conversational floor works
  • How and when to be direct and indirect
  • How to navigate face-threatening acts
  • How to negotiate professional relationships
  • How to maintain relationships with talk

We’ll base the classes on sessions led by Anne Curzan, a Yale grad, and linguistics and language professor at the University of Michigan. Just in the first few classes, we’ll look at how the word um can speak volumes and can even change the direction of the conversation.

We’ll also dive into conversational work, finding out what to do if you’re the only one doing the heavy lifting in the conversation.

Our first class will be January 6 at 9:30 a.m. in room 302 in the Fellowship Building. I hope you can join us.

I’ll see you in church!

 

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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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