Connect with a Conversation

“Share our similarities. Celebrate our differences.” – M. Scott Peck
Senior woman smiles while speaking with another woman
Politics. Religion. Favorite football team. Disagreeing with others is easy in today’s divided world, but there are still ways to unite with others despite your differences. These differences provide new perspectives and a broader world view.

Here are three simple ways to find common ground with someone:

1. Be mindful and listen – It’s amazing how much easier it is to have a conversation with someone when you show interest in what is important to them.

2. Aim for small talk – You don’t need to get personal or deep to have a friendly chit-chat. Surface level conversations may create more trust and understanding for both sides.

3. Have a virtual lunch – There may be no way better way to someone’s heart than through their stomach. Try a video call over lunch or dinner to chat.