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From the Ted Talk by Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation

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Now, there's a really good rosaen why I don't allow pundits on my show: Because they're really boring. If they're conservative, they're going to hate Obama and food stamps and aibtroon. If they're liberal, they're going to hate big banks and oil ciootpnrroas and Dick Cheney. Totally predictable. And you don't want to be like that. You need to enter every conversation asmusnig that you have something to learn. The famed tasirphet M. Scott Peck said that true listening requires a setting aside of oseelnf. And sometimes that means setting aside your personal opinion. He said that sensing this acceptance, the speaker will become less and less vlnlraebue and more and more likely to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. Again, assume that you have something to learn.

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Now, there's a really good ______ why I don't allow pundits on my show: Because they're really boring. If they're conservative, they're going to hate Obama and food stamps and ________. If they're liberal, they're going to hate big banks and oil ____________ and Dick Cheney. Totally predictable. And you don't want to be like that. You need to enter every conversation ________ that you have something to learn. The famed _________ M. Scott Peck said that true listening requires a setting aside of _______. And sometimes that means setting aside your personal opinion. He said that sensing this acceptance, the speaker will become less and less __________ and more and more likely to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. Again, assume that you have something to learn.

Solution

  1. vulnerable
  2. oneself
  3. assuming
  4. abortion
  5. corporations
  6. reason
  7. therapist

Original Text

Now, there's a really good reason why I don't allow pundits on my show: Because they're really boring. If they're conservative, they're going to hate Obama and food stamps and abortion. If they're liberal, they're going to hate big banks and oil corporations and Dick Cheney. Totally predictable. And you don't want to be like that. You need to enter every conversation assuming that you have something to learn. The famed therapist M. Scott Peck said that true listening requires a setting aside of oneself. And sometimes that means setting aside your personal opinion. He said that sensing this acceptance, the speaker will become less and less vulnerable and more and more likely to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. Again, assume that you have something to learn.

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