How to Have a Good Conversation | Celeste How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking 4 months ago   12:07

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When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have great conversations – and most of us don’t converse very well. A great conversation requires a balance between talking and listening. This balance is important because bad communication leads to bad relationships, at home, at work, everywhere.

Celeste Headlee has worked in public radio since 1999, as a reporter, host, and correspondent. She was the Midwest Correspondent for NPR before becoming the co-host of the PRI show The Takeaway. She also guest hosted a number of NPR shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Celeste holds multiple degrees in music and still performs as a professional opera singer. She's the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still, the Dean of African American Composers. Celeste is an avid hiker, biker, paddler and dog walker.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Anton Mink
7:00 yeah but have you tried DMT
Anjas Jati Kesuma
"go out, talk to people, listen to people, and most important things, be prepared to be amazed..."

Eclectic Reader
I try to develop conversation around subjects that I am interested in, but no one takes the bait. So the worm just sinks deeper into the water. Some things I'm interested in are: Shopping on Ebay, Nintendo 64, Windows 95.
A Fuller
Nobody like to sit around eating, drinking and talking, this is a very Euro version of the world. Interesting people are too busy to sit around and talk about their problems... oh sorry I have ot go now.
Rishabh Kashyap
In thumbnail photo this girl look like Shweta Singh (aaj tak reporter).
Mas Doni
How to get better conversations :
1. Don't multitask
2. Don't pontificate (assume that you have something to learn
3. Use open-ended question (not a yes/no)
4. Go with the flow
5. If you don't know, say that you don't know.
6. Don't equate your experience with theirs. (its not about you, not to promote yourself)
7.try not to rephrasing yourself.
8. They dont care with the number name date etc, they care about how you like.
9. Listen (most people not listen to understand, but listen to reply)
10. Be brief
Hassan Badi
There is no need to pay attention and infact you paying attention
There are people I can't learn anything from.
Ka Fisher
This was captivating!
Timothy Breen
That ticking noise really bothers me and makes it hard for me to keep listening to hear.
Stan Williams
Sounds like great advice to me
What polarizes us is women against men, colored against whites, Jews against Christians, homosexuals against heterosexuals, immigrants against locals, minorities against majorities. The content does not matter. It's the minority wars that never relent. It's all about feels.
Becca B
I need a video like this but that's more focused on if your a good listener but bad at talking.
Himansu Sekhar Thapa
I wish I would have watched this video earlier. Whatever, it's amazing.
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Chad Martin
steven sowers
I'll bet I could disappoint her...
(da dum,dump, cymbal crash...)
Aditya Lochan
TheBuy More
How good was that!
Bitwise Magick
No wonder that people text each other, considering how much she talks no wonder people don't want to listen .
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How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking How to Have a Good Conversation | Celeste 4 months ago   08:36

Communication is the most important skill for personal and professional success. In this talk, Danish Dhamani discusses how overcoming your fear of public speaking is key to leading a fulfilling life and unlocking your true potential. Danish’s vision is to empower everyone around the world to overcome their fear of public speaking and to become a better communicator. As a first generation immigrant, for whom English is a second language, the fear of public speaking haunted Danish throughout his early life. By constant practicing and coaching, he soon realized that people are not born public speakers; instead public speaking is a learn-able skill. This is what inspired Danish to create Orai, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to improve your speaking ability. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at