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the art of conversation at the women's table

· women,networking,small business,good living

Sometimes at the Women's Table we dispense with a formal discussion starter. And so today we spent time getting to know each other a little better instead. Annabel Nowlan took notes.

Did you know...

We started by sharing some things we didn't know about each other...was someone who shall remain nameless really expelled from school and did Kate really trek to the base camp of Mt Everest? If you weren't there you may never know.

And what advice would you give?

We moved on to some of our best tips for daily living. Collected from round the table these were carefully curated on a serviette.

It's not personal

There was general agreement that it would have been good to have learned much earlier than we did that: Most people are far more interested in themselves so no need to be too concerned that they're thinking (critically) about you...

And related to this is remembering that it's not personal - well it might be but what looks like a reaction to you is far more likely to be about the other person than anything you just did or said.

Say yes...

and be open to adventure. So many good things stem from taking up unexpected opportunities and accepting new challenges .

And be generous

Recognising the value of reciprocity and that doing things for others not only takes your mind off yourself it makes you feel good too. We sourced this advice back to both the Dalai Lama and the bible here ...Annabel blames the nuns.

But fit your own air mask first

before helping others, as the airline videos on takeoff always advise. It's great to give to the community. However women often need to remember that we have more to give if we take good care of ourselves first.

Listen, expand your mind.

The lost art? Listening is so important not only to others but also to yourself - another art in itself - reflection - along with a deliberate focus on expanding one's mind.

Honour your emotions

They can't be suppressed for ever so might as well get them out there and minimise the damage they may well do if you don't.

And don't forget to be bold

Was it Goethe who said in boldness there is genius? The full text is:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Whoever said it (and apparently there is doubt) it's certainly a more positive feeling to be decisive than to wallow in indecision.

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