It is said that "Talk is cheap." But it's also pretty priceless.
Earlier this week, I spent just about two-and-a-half hours in the dentist chair. While I was laying in the chair, it occurred to me how the gift of gab comes in handy for so many professions.
As I waited for the doctor to come in, Chris, his dental assistant, got be situated and comfortable.
"Did you have a nice summer?" she asked as she went about arranging instruments on the tray.
Just a simple question I could answer would end the silence that could true awkward quickly. She may have not even been interested in knowing if I enjoyed the last few months, but she asked anyway.
There's a trick to having an engaging conversation. Maybe it should be taught in high school or a course in college.
We get lost in conversation when it's interesting, but we get trapped in a conversation when it's not.
So many professions require conversation. Obviously psychiatrists and counselors as well as barbers and bartenders.
I'm lucky, I can talk to just about anyone about just about anything. It's a gift I'll treasure forever.