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How the Conversational Floor Works

Lecture no. 2 from the course: How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

How the Conversational Floor Works

Taught by Professor Anne Curzan | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Improve your ability to navigate the conversational floor by exploring turn-taking devices as well as techniques for opening conversations and monitoring or reducing your “talk time.” Weigh the pros and cons of using discourse markers and fillers such as “well,” “um,” and “like,” and understand why being an active listener and back-channeling are crucial to being a good conversationalist.

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