Podcast Episode 181: How to Help Your Child Become a Great Conversationalist

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On this week’s episode, I talk about how parents can train their kids to tell good stories in a conversational setting.


The most important thing when telling a story is to be interesting.

  • Don’t be boring!
  • Make sure that you speak correctly.
  • The way someone talks can get in the way of a listener’s mental process when having a conversation.


Around our house, people get points for being clever or witty.

  • We read witty things, and when somebody discovers something clever, we share it with one another.
  • Figuring out good questions to pose is essential.
  • If you want to raise children who can hold an interesting conversation, they must have good questions at the ready.


You cannot get away with not knowing how to communicate effectively and be a functioning adult in society today.

  • You and I know a ton of people who inadvertently go through their lives expecting the worst to happen.
  • I want our boys walking through life appreciating the humorous and clever things.
  • A common question in our house is, “What was the funniest thing that happened at school today?”
  • In the end, it’s all about creating memories.


In the full episode, I discuss what to do if your teenager doesn’t talk to you.


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