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Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him?

Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 28, 2009 - 22 answers

Politely communicating that your site needs a total makeover

How does a lowly unpaid blog contributor tell his/her bosses that the whole site needs a major redesign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

I think I need to change my career. Is teaching the right one for me?

Should I go in to teaching? What's it like teaching primary (up to 11-12 year old kids)? Do you get to do much science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Mom: I'm not going to call you back.

MomFilter: help me deal with mine! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2009 - 32 answers

What conversations are a MUST before two people get married?

What conversations are a MUST before two people get married? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Jul 7, 2009 - 58 answers

WW1 Aviation Communications

How did pilots communicate with each other in World War 1? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

why twitter

What benefit is there to a twitter account - if I already text via my cell phone and have a myspace account?
posted by mareli on Jun 19, 2009 - 31 answers

Is it over-analyzing or just being smart in dating?

Am I over-analyzing or being rightfully cautious in dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 29 answers

Is there anything else I can do? If not, help me let it go.

Is there any further action I can take to recoup the financial loss and and deal with the emotional frustration resulting from my university's swine-flu-panic decision to cancel a much-anticipated field research opportunity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

How do we get our realtor to talk?

In January we moved across the country and put our house on the market. Our realtor is a friend of the family. I had misgivings about using a friend, but, he has helped us a lot in the last few years and I felt we should go with him. Since January he has contacted us twice, once to tell us about an open house and another time to ask a few questions from potential buyers. I email him about once a month and usually have to wait 2 - 3 days for a response. Often the response does not address our questions. Instead we get a brief personal greeting followed by what feels like a form response. I want to address his lack of communication, but, as this is the first time I've sold a house, I don't know what is reasonable to expect from a realtor. What level of communication is reasonable to expect given our location/situation?
posted by a22lamia on Jun 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Low rent, yet smooth

How can I gracefully take the first date down a notch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2009 - 27 answers

How to communicate with a loved one

Is there any reason why some people don't like to be "put on the spot" to answer questions? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on May 23, 2009 - 60 answers


How do people transmit that positive energy that makes you like them.
posted by page123 on May 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj on May 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Texting-talking etiquitte? Email ADD?

A friend of mine constantly texts and checks email on her phone when we're out together, which I find irksome. Am I right to think this is discourteous? Or am I behind the times? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2009 - 62 answers

I really am sincere. Help me look sincere.

My facial expressions don't match my emotions. Sometimes when I think I'm being friendly and warm, I actually look condescending, anxious or just weird. As far as I know I'm neither crazy nor autistic. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 - 21 answers

Armchair analysts, take a shot in the dark!

My boss is a very nice man with some very strange shortcomings that I cannot explain. Help me out with some wild conjecture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Did we break up or not?

Two days after saying our relationship isn't going to work out, my boyfriend is communicating again with me, saying he was sorry about his behavior. Should I assume that we just had a heated discussion and said things in anger? Or should I assume he ended things and that this reach-out is a way to clear the air? [more inside]
posted by lunachick on Apr 22, 2009 - 20 answers

Distinct written and spoken languages

Are there any human cultures, past or present, which have developed completely (or largely) distinct spoken and written languages? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me turn my contract job into a real job!

For a school-sponsored work-term, I'm currently working as a Software Developer for a very large software company, and I couldn't be happier at my job. Problem is, I'm nearing the halfway point of my one-year contract. How do I turn this into a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 3 answers

Kids masturbation talk time?

Help me talk to my son about masturbation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2009 - 54 answers

don't condescend...

How does one properly use the term condescend (or condescending)? Is there a correct way? Is there a more popular way? It seems the word expresses two contradictory meanings. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Pre-marital counseling in Chicago?

Any suggestions for a pre-marital counselor in Chicago? My fiance and I are doing a church wedding, and we are doing the Catholic pre-Cana requirements, but we actually think our church's requirements are too...minimal. [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Mar 10, 2009 - 3 answers

I didn't realise being in therapy was a skill

I feel like the punchline of a joke: on top of everything else, apparently I suck at therapy. I've given it a while - a year and a half - and I still can't do it properly. Now I'm at a loss. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 - 30 answers

Two disparate servers need to communicate

A Windows server needs to tell a Linux Web server to change the contents of a Web page. I don't know how the first can communicate this to the second, or how the second can then make the change. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Feb 26, 2009 - 7 answers


How can I help a kid who won't help himself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2009 - 21 answers

Management 101: How do I communicate with a difficult person?

What are some tactics or tips to help me communicate effectively with an aggressive, negative person? [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins on Feb 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Why am I getting ignored by these two?

Why are these two males acting funny with me? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Feb 19, 2009 - 23 answers

How to encourage casual collaboration at work between different offices?

I'm part of a group of about 70 people (at a company of tens of thousands) spread across the country and we're having a hard time communicating, especially casually. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Tilon on Feb 18, 2009 - 18 answers

How can I transfer my 'online communication skills' to the real world?

How can I transfer my 'online communication skills' to the real world? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on Feb 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me figure out his intentions

Yet another dating question. Maintaining constant contact but not actually asking me out again - what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by longwalks on Jan 30, 2009 - 29 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How I understand music reviews better and explain it to others ?

I listen to a lot of 'contemporary' music (not classical), but how do I better understand music reviews and explain what I hear to my friends and peers ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Jan 23, 2009 - 11 answers

What can I do with BA in communications?

Hi, I'm sophomore college student thinking about majoring in communications. When I get out of college what can I expect when I graduate? What kind of jobs will be open? What kind of demand can I expect? What kind of salary can I expect? Should I think about going on after college for some sort of further education?
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 23, 2009 - 19 answers

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

I find myself longing to be blunt about how I'm feeling and what I want in relationships, but I worry that I'll shoot myself in the foot if I don't play the dating game. Should I stop trafficking in ambiguity and try some plain dealing for a change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Can Mr. Emotional and Ms. Practical learn to get along?

How does a very logical person deal effectively with someone who makes all their decisions on an emotional basis? I’m asking for the benefit of a friend who is a having a terrible time with her marriage, but I’ve also never had any success myself in dealing with people who make all their decisions on an emotional basis. I get very frustrated when someone insists on making the emotional choice even though it makes no practical sense, and especially when they won’t even take responsibility for the consequences of doing so. If any of you have had success in this type of interaction, I’d love to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 20, 2009 - 41 answers

should i contact my friend's therapist reagarding decisions my friend is making?

Could/Should I contact my friend's therapist to deter my friend from making bad decisions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 - 34 answers

Um, honey....

How do I tell my SO that he smells bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 - 53 answers

How can I safely interact with the police?

What is the proper protocol to use when dealing with police officers? [more inside]
posted by esd on Jan 5, 2009 - 35 answers

How do I state my sexual preferences without sounding like a broken record?

How do I state my sexual preferences without sounding like a broken record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

How to I become more articulate explaining a funny situation

Something really funny happened to me, but I am at a struggle for communicating with others how funny it was. How can I become a better comedic storyteller? [more inside]
posted by weh546 on Dec 22, 2008 - 28 answers

What am I looking for?

When I used to go visit my aunt who lived in a large house, she had a little console that sat on her kitchen counter with a speaker and a big button. When you'd press the button, it would buzz a similar console in the garage where my uncle worked, and then my aunt could talk to him. He could then hit his button and talk back. I guess it's like those things you see in movies where the executive "buzzes" his secretary. Anyways, what are those things called, because I need one. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Dec 16, 2008 - 21 answers

How do I keep my cool in a difficult conversation with my sister?

How do I keep my cool in a difficult conversation with my sister? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Brevity is the soul of wit, which is funny, because it reminds me of this short joke I heard a few months ago...

How can I be less long-winded? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 5, 2008 - 36 answers

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis?

What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis? [more inside]
posted by metricfan on Dec 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Should I look her up and contact her after all this time?

I've been out of contact with a certain friend for about five years now. She'd been dealing with bipolar (and relationship) issues for a while before then, but I'd never witnessed any signs myself. On a lark I recently decided to see if she was in the customer database at work, and she was, but I didn't open the profile. I've worried about her from time to time, but while it's tempting, I don't feel like I should look up her contact info that way. Is there any circumstance under which I could or should? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

How to deal with someone so direct?

How do I deal with someone so verbal about his needs? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Oct 3, 2008 - 22 answers

Are good conversations a necessity for a good relationship?

I was a late bloomer. I was painfully shy and didn't date until I was 24. I'm at a turning point of the longest relationship I've had (almost a year). I don't know if I'm in love or not. Or if that's even the right question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2008 - 12 answers

There's a word for this....

What is the word that means setting the direction of the conversation by how you begin? (Benchmark, perhaps?) For instance, Paulson demands $700B without any oversight; the discussion becomes heated about how much oversight, how dare he, what oversight we should insist on, etc etc, rather than the amount of money, who it should be given to, and so on. More description follows, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Sep 28, 2008 - 4 answers

long distance relationship blues

Met this person at work. Liked her. Since I work on the same team; I didn't ask her out on a date (kicking myself about this now). Three weeks later, I think she's interested too but my workload (14-16 hour days) didn't give me time for anything social, let alone going out on dates. Then she got a long term (1 year?) assignment in another country. She left. That's when I woke up, had a long conversation over IM where we both realized we were interested in each other and she had been waiting for me to ask her out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 21 answers

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