On yielding

As you observe yourself in conversation, notice how you divert the entire discussion to what you want to talk about rather than talk about what everyone else cares to hear. Though this may make conversation enjoyable for you, not everyone wants to hear about your life plans and daily activities. It’s common knowledge that people like to speak about themselves, and for you to make other people happy in conversation, you should allow them to do so. Even when you are asked about what you do, limit your answers by time. Spend no more than 30 seconds explaining yourself, then move on. If they tell you to continue because they’re genuinely interested, then take another 30 seconds or so to explain more. Never default to a long-winded conversational takeover—make it your staple to remain quiet about what you do and yield to others in conversation.