Help me construct a syllabus for "Talking to People 101"?
November 7, 2012 10:04 AM Subscribe
If I want to study conversation -- how people talk, what they look like when they're talking, why people talk in certain situations, how to get better at talking -- what are the classics? What has helped you?
posted by insteadofapricots to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to become an expert in talking. I'm already pretty good at it, but it's an area that seems incredibly important and totally limitless. So this isn't a question about not being good at talking and wanting to know the basics. It's a question about what I can look at to move further.
Other than just talking and listening to everybody -- which I do whenever it seems right -- what books, podcasts, films, and classes are out there for me? What helped you get better at talking, or helped you realize important stuff about talking? I mean this here in the most expansive sense; we could be talking about vocal tone or eye contact, we could be talking about jokes, we could be talking about negotiation. I'm looking for self-help books and whitepapers as well as works of art and particularly good recorded conversations.
Interview shows, like Fresh Air, are helpful, but not the totality of what I'm looking for, because I'm not convinced that talking is mostly about extracting information.
One thing that's been weirdly helpful is the podcast You Look Nice Today.
Oh, and I hate the movie My Dinner With Andre.