Glossary of Key Vocabulary

Conversation

Conversation is the background noise of business. Most of it is nugatory. But be on the lookout for what are referred to as “key” conversations. A conversation is key when it provides you with an opportunity to:

Make money;

Get an assignment you want;

Slough off an assignment you don’t want;

Find out if you’re in trouble for something you either did or didn’t do;

Make time with powerful people who could do you good;

Make time with powerful people who could hurt you.

Conversation is different than small talk, gossip, bullshitting, and hobnobbing, although it may at times involve all those and more. Remember that people who do a lot of listening are generally considered great conversationalists.

For further information on the lessons contained here, refer to The Curriculum: Everything You Need To Know To Be A Master of Business Arts.

 

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