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How and When to Be Direct and Indirect

Lecture no. 3 from the course: How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

How and When to Be Direct and Indirect

Taught by Professor Anne Curzan | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Interpreting the meaning behind the words that people say is key to making conversations work well. Consider the logic of conversation and understand more consciously the way we use explicit and implicit meanings—direct and indirect speech—to accomplish things through conversation. Also learn ways to redirect conversations that feel inappropriate or questions you find overly personal.

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