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How do I deal with the problem of people who aren't listening to what I'm actually saying?

The problem I've spent many years gauging my interactions with other people, and a commonly reoccurring theme is the other person already has presumed what I'm saying or going to say, or has drawn up ...
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Helping my cousin reject advances from a classmate

I have a cousin who is younger to me and she seemed a bit disturbed over the fact that a guy in her class had confessed his feelings for her. But she exactly doesn't feel the same for him. I was ...
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How to add emotion to your conversation? [closed]

I'm reading a book which is more about how to talk better. In that book, I am asked to read any sentence by adding different emotions as an exercise. For example, the book asked me to read the ...
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How to stop partner talking? [closed]

My partner talks to me a lot (about their day, work etc.). We have been together 10 years but I don't like to talk much. How can I stop them talking to me? More info: we used to talk more at ...
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What are the effects of using a verbal tic in informal speech?

I've been watching the Japanese version of Naruto a lot, recently, and the word "dattebayo" really stuck with me... Not necessarily a good thing, but I'm doing it pretty much unconsciously now. I've ...
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How can I politely interrupt someone on the phone when I have questions about what they're saying?

I often make and receive phone calls in a business context where the other person talks with too much jargon. Occasionally I need to interrupt them with questions to get a better understanding of what ...
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How to deal with rude interruptions in a seminar? [closed]

The following situation has occurred several times with B (the same person, in the audience), A (a speaker, different from time to time), and C (the audience, mostly the same). A is presenting some ...
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How to talk to my teacher after my valedictorian speech script was altered beyond recognition?

In a few days time I will be giving a valedictorian speech at my high school graduation. The teachers in charge asked me to show them my speech so I did. Just now a very different speech was sent to ...
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How to politely ask people to pick up the litter they threw, especially if they don't own up

I live in India. As far as I know, littering is not much of a problem in other countries, but India has always been a place where even the adults teach their children: "Beta, yahin pe phek do, sabhi ...
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Dealing with criticism of my mispronunciation of words [closed]

I learned a lot of higher level vocabulary words from reading books, as opposed to hearing people say them. This however leads to situations where I will pronounce a word based on the way I understand ...