How to Put People at Ease

The art of conversation is creating the conditions for people to reveal themselves

Michael Thompson
SIMPLE
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7 min readMay 8, 2024

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Twenty-one months ago, my family and I moved to a small town in coastal Spain from a small town at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. My wife and I were worried about uprooting our kids and whether they’d quickly adapt and make new friends. We were worried if, in our mid-forties…

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Michael Thompson
SIMPLE
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Co-creator of two cool kids • Storytelling Coach •.Fast Co., Insider, Forbes • Free storytelling guide here: https://bit.ly/3h1KZeT