The Interesting Science of Conversation & How to Handle Deadlines with Ease


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You make a countless number of decisions every single day, from what to have for breakfast to what toothpaste to buy. This episode begins with a discussion on how humans make decisions and choices and how to recognize which ones you are probably spending too much time worrying about.

We all spend a good portion of most days in conversations with other people. Yet, we seldom really understand what goes on “under the radar” in those conversations. I want you to listen to my guest Elizabeth Stokoe, a social psychologist who spent 20 years transcribing and analyzing actual conversations and discovered some rather amazing things that happen when we talk with each other. What she discovered will surprise you. Elizabeth is author of the book, Talk: The Science of Conversation (

Deadlines are tricky. Without them a lot of things would never get done. Yet, some of us wait until the very last minute to do what needs to be done even though we could’ve started it a long time ago. There has to be a better way to meet deadlines. Actually, there is according to Christopher Cox author of the book The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It's the Last Minute―Before the Last Minute ( Christopher was a magazine editor for many years and was constantly dealing with deadlines. Listen to what he discovered so that you might just change your ways the next time you have a deadline to meet.

Do you talk to yourself? If so, it’s a good idea to listen to what you are telling yourself. Listen as I discuss the benefits of talking to yourself and why it is even better if you do it out loud.


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