The 7 Deadly Sins Of Conversation

My latest PJ Media column is called, The 7 Deadly Sins Of Conversation. Here’s an excerpt from the column.

There are lot of different conversational habits that can cause you to lose friends and alienate people. Unfortunately, you can slip into them quite easily. Next thing you know, you’re wondering why the people at work don’t want to go to lunch anymore and your buddies have stopped returning your calls. Worse yet, once a bad conversational habit becomes customary, it can linger like a bad smell for years at a time, ruining relationships and leaving otherwise wonderful people wondering why they can’t make any of their friendships work. Rather than tiptoeing around the elephant in the room, let’s be brutally honest about the conversation killers that anihilate people’s social lives.

1) Bad manners: In one of my favorite scenes from Season 2 of The Walking Dead, a couple of sketchy guys are trying to convince Rick to take them back to his camp. After talking a bit, one of them goes over in the corner of the abandoned bar, urinates, and makes a comment about “C**ch.” After being alerted by their bad manners that both men are trash, ridiculously boring nice guy Rick shoots both of them to death shortly thereafter. There is a lesson to be learned here. Don’t be crude. Don’t treat maids or waiters rudely. Don’t make an ass of yourself. Because even if it’s not aimed at them this time around, other people in your presence will assume it says something about your character and think, “Next time, that might be me.”

Once again, you can read it here.

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