Talking is fun

Life Hacks of talking!

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  • Learn Something New From Every Person You Meet – With every interaction we have with people, there are takeaways we can get. Sometimes we can get too comfortable in our own world. It’s good to hear differences in opinion and other perspectives. It’s amazing the wisdom that is out there! Tap into it. Learn from others!


  • Enhance Your Communication Skills – When you interact with people of diverse backgrounds, it gives you the ability to practice your verbal communication skills. The more comfortable you get communicating, this can open up many possibilities for you in your personal and professional life.


  • Gain New Friendships – It’s amazing the number of quality people that I have met by just starting a conversation! Keep yourself open to great opportunities. And it’s always great to make a new friendship!


  • Acquire New Clients – Opportunities for new client acquisition is everywhere. By starting a conversation with people, you get to listen to what their hopes and dreams are in life. And you just never know, you might gain a client out of it all. Keep your eyes and mind open!


  • Get New Fresh Ideas – We all get stuck sometimes in life. Our ideas for our personal and professional life might appear to be good to us, but when you get around new people, you can come alive with new creative ideas to get you pumped up about your life.


  • Have a Quality List of Resources – Successful people have great resources in life for themselves and to provide value to others. Having a strong network of people in your inner circle that are experts in different fields is an awesome thing to have! Because when you need something, it’s always a good thing to have trusted people to lean on. The person next to you might be the resource you need right now or at a later time.
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7 Tips to Impress Someone in 7 Seconds

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Making a first impression is one of the few things in life that is completely in your control. Getting off on the right foot can lead to multiple benefits in future personal and business relationships. But how does this affect us when we communicate through digital media?

First impressions are just as important online as they are in person. The good news is many of the same tips listed here on how to impress someone in real life also work in digital world. The only problem: While you may have up to 30 seconds in person, you only have about 7 seconds when it comes to digital.

Therefore, here are 7 tips to impress someone online in 7 seconds:

  • Talk or type as if you’re talking to your BFF: When online, there’s a good chance you’re mostly likely talking to someone you don’t know – the more approachable you sound, the better the feedback you’ll receive.
  • Use humor: Just as you would in person, you can’t take yourself too seriously. Using humor will give you more appeal to a greater audience.
  • Be brief, and use sound bites: Nobody wants to stop and read something long online. Use sound bites – they work, and you can do less with more.
  • Use pattern interrupts: People who are online are usually scrolling through hundreds of messages at once. So how can you stand out? Interrupt with a question or an image, but do so in a pattern that makes sense.
  • Spark conversation: Shock jocks get it. Say something unexpected and provocative to gain attention online, but do so in a way that sparks positive conversation.
  • Strong message, but an open mind: People online are interested in what you have to say, but have no interest in being talked down to. Keep their interest with an open, yet strong, message.
  • Don’t take any connection for granted: Just as in real life, the next connection you receive may be the most important one – you can never know for sure.

How friends from different countries help

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When I entered college I thought my world got bigger. I met a lot of people and did new things. But it was nothing compared to when I made friends in other countries. Spending time with them, I really felt the changes that happened to me especially with the way I think and the way I am as a person.

I became open-minded

I discovered and witnessed the world with diverse opinions of what is taboo or not, different views on religion and politics, distinctive outlooks in life, etc. My definition of what is normal, common, and ordinary became flexible. I began to see the world through their eyes and I began to understand things. I started seeing life in many angles.

I became deep

I consider myself superficial before I met a very good friend from Thailand. We would talk about the whole concept of life and death almost every time we have an opportunity to. We do not debate; we just simply share and respect our own opinions. We would talk about things that people don’t usually talk about. I began to look at things beyond the surface and dug deeper.

I fully understood the word Respect

As I’ve said before, having friends from different countries means you have a lot of differences. The key to a good friendship is respect. Of course they have an absolutely different culture, norms, and ethics and that is okay as long as you have respect. Embrace your dissimilarities and learn from it, you’ll never know, it could turn into a life long friendship. It’s always nice to know that you have a friend a thousand miles away.

I became smarter

I learned a lot from them, and I hope that they learned from me as well. There would always be an exchange of knowledge every time. I feel like I become wiser every time I spend time with them. It makes me feel good and thankful to be alive and meet amazing people. There will never be a dull moment with a foreign friend because there is always something new to try.

My communication skills improved in a whole new level

Of course it is a fact that your foreign friends speaks a different language. The only way to communicate is to use the universal language, English. You’ll be surprised how fluently you can speak in English when you don’t really have a choice. Yes, you can always learn their language but that could take years! It will consume so much time and effort so I chose to stick with English. Now I am confident than ever in speaking and writing in English. Thanks to my foreign friends.

I learned to appreciate little things

A Skype call once a month might not be too much but it means a lot to me. A simple message on Facebook asking how I am makes not just my day but also my entire week. Out of the blue “I miss you” messages warms my heart and puts a bright smile on my face.

So for those young souls out there, I highly suggest that you make friends with people from other countries. Do not just travel to explore and sight see, make friends and learn from them.

Talking is fun

How to behave online?

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  • Be careful what you write about others. Assume that anyone about whom you are writing will read your comments or receive them by some circuitous route.
  • Be truthful. Do not pretend to be someone or something that you are not.
  • Be brief. Receiving and reading messages costs time and money.
  • Use titles that accurately and concisely describe the contents of e-mail and other postings.
  • Consider your audience, and use language that is appropriate. Excessive use of jargon in a nontechnical chat room, for example, can be bad manners, and remember that children sometimes dial into chat rooms.
  • Avoid offensive language, especially comments that might be construed as racist or sexist.
  • Remember that the law still applies in cyberspace. Do not commit illegal acts online, such as libeling or slandering others, and do not joke about committing illegal acts.
  • Be careful with humor and sarcasm. One person’s humorous comment can be another person’s boorish or degrading remark.
  • Do not post a message more than once.
  • Generally speaking, avoid putting words into full capitals. Online, all-caps is considered SHOUTING.
  • If you are following up a previous message or posting, summarize that message or posting.
  • When summarizing, summarize.
  • Do not post irrelevant messages, referred to in hacker’s jargon as spam.
  • Do not post messages whose sole purpose is to sucker others into an irrelevant or unimportant discussion. Such messages are known as trolls.
  • Read existing follow-up postings and don’t repeat what has already been said.
  • Respect other people’s intellectual property. Don’t post, display, or otherwise provide access to materials belonging to others, and cite references as appropriate.
  • Temper online expressions of hostility; in hacker’s jargon, avoid excessive flaming of others.
  • Never send online chain letters.
  • Some e-mail programs allow one to place signatures containing text and graphics at the ends of mailings. remember that elaborate material take up valuable transmission time, and do not overdo these signatures.
  • Limit the length of typed lines to less than 78 characters, and avoid unusual formatting.
  • Identify any financial interests related to an e-mail message or posting. If you are selling something, make that fact clear.
  • Do not send email to people who might have no interest in it. In particular, avoid automatically copying e-mail to large numbers of people.
  • Online messages can be quite informal but try, nevertheless, to express yourself using proper spelling, capitalization, grammar, usage, and punctuation.
  • Avoid chastising others for their online typos. To err is human. To forgive is good cybercitizenship
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To Opentalk, With love London

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I have been using Opentalk for a few months now. I’m a single father from India living alone in London. Usually, people stereotype single fathers are men desperately looking for a relationship; people don’t understand it is equally tiring and requires a lot of efforts. Sometimes all you need is a company, having a small kid and so much work made it difficult for me to interact with people, and texting takes a lot out of one. It requires giving constant attention and talking even when you don’t have time, and if you are busy, people confuse it for ignoring you. I wanted to stay away from that chaos, and that’s where this app came into use. I use it whenever I want, talk to people across the world and on topics I’m interested in. If you like someone, you can set up a reconnect request according to your schedule and have it your way.

It feels good to have time for myself, my communication and my kid. Thanks to Opentalk, for building a fantastic platform.