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or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII PERSONALITY IN CONVERSATION
What Is Conversation?--Don't Talk at People, Talk with Them-- Are
You a Dead Load on Others' Brains?--What to Do with a Too Talkative
Person--Making Each Contact with Others Teach You Something--The
Unforgivable Bore; the Man Who Cannot Admit the Possibility of
Mistake; the "Black Is White" Talker--Keep a Judicial Attitude of
Mind. CONVERSATION is the verbal exchange of information and idea
between human beings. You will impress people favorably through
your improved physical bearing; the work you have so
conscientiously followed out on your voice and diction will carry
the conviction of refinement and charm; you have stored your mind
with treasures of literature, and the jewels of wisdom you have
culled have opened up new and unsuspected vistas of life and
thought to you; but the real test of your power of personality lies
in your command of the art of conversation. The first rule of good
conversation is to have something worth saying, and to say it as
briefly and interestingly as possible. Merely pouring out a
constant stream of words isn't conversation. No one can be more
thoroughly and unforgivably boring than the man or woman US whose
habit it is to deluge every long-suffering acquaintance with an
unending flow of speech. Only the unintelligent find pleasure in
such breaches of good taste, consequently it is the people who
really have least to say that is worth listening to who inflict
themselves on one in this dreary repetition of uninteresting talk.
If you are one of these bores, take yourself in hand at once. Allow
yourself only the most meager participation in any conversation
until you can trust yourself to contribute your share and no more.
The high-caste Hindu takes a vow to say "Nothing which is not ...
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