The Art of Sensitive Conversations

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“During a conversation, it is better to have an understanding without words, than words without understanding.”

– Amit Kalantri, Indian author (1988- )

The Art of Sensitive Conversations

I’m not a native English speaker, but the idioms found in the language have fascinated me for many years. I mean, can you picture someone being as happy as a dog with two tails? Or what a bull in a china shop would actually look like?

Thinking about bulls in china shops reminded me of a conversation I had a few months ago.

My husband and I had recently moved to a new town, and I had joined various organizations to get involved in the community, and to get to know some people.

One of the groups I joined invited all the new members for coffee at a local restaurant. However, I find it socially awkward to have coffee in a public place with a bunch of people I don’t know.

I was last to arrive. I took my seat and quickly introduced myself to the people closest to me. As the formal introductions were about to begin, the chairperson’s phone rang and he had to take the call.

Enter Mrs Bull, a petite, youngish woman. She was one of the new members, but she had the confidence to start asking people around the table all kinds of questions.

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