Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How To Get A Wealth Of Knowledge.

The old fashioned way

Knowledge is passed from one to another, and has been throughout history. Of course in the last few years the knowledge we want has been mostly gained through using the Internet and Google.
Life without it would be unimaginable and there is not a day that I don't use Google.

But the real " dot on the I ", or the " warmth " of knowledge, is still got by good old fashioned conversation. Verbal interaction with anyone, can be a myriad of things. From feeling needed, taking an interest in someone else, use of your vocabulary to exchanging a bit of gossip !

How often do you miss a conversation opportunity ? I know that in today's society, the propensity to talk to another has been vastly diminished due to the sending of e-mails or sms. Some of us have possibly forgotten the nicety of a little conversation and importantly, how to do it...( I have heard tales of teenagers sitting in the same room, within talking distance, yet texting each other to communicate ! ? )

On a daily basis, we meet so many people. The people who serve us in some way. At the petrol station, at the supermarket checkout, the receptionist who takes your details or the person sitting next to you on the bus.

Many years ago I took a Dale Carnegie course and read his books ( How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age ) and I still remember the important point of listening to the other person and asking them questions about THEMSELVES. Really, that is often all it takes, to have a wonderful opportunity to get to know about a person. Of course when you actually start to listen to the other person, more often than not, you get to glean the dot on the " I ", that makes a conversation so special.

Make someone's day...have a conversation with them.