Great conversations flow effortlessly and collaboratively. I enjoyed this short piece about applying the rules of improv comedy to improve your conversations.

The author divides the universe of communicators into givers and takers, and dispels the myth that one is more virtuous than the other. Both functions are essential and good conversation happens when we strike a balance between both patterns.

In pondering which of those two categories I fall into, I feel that among people in my inner circle I’m too much of a taker, and in less confident surroundings I’m too much of a giver. So I can improve my skills by pushing myself in both directions, depending on the circumstances.

Read the article here: Good conversations have lots of doorknobs, by @a_m_mastroianni.