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The most fundamental behavior when socializing with others is making sure to listen.

Often people will find your company pleasant if you just lend them your ear. Many of us are starved from meaningful conversation, which starts with someone else just listening to us. If you want to be heard, the easiest path is to let your speaking partner be heard first.

A few tips:

  • Give affirmative gestures to indicate you're listening
    Smaller gestures like smiling, nodding, looking in their eyes, saying "yeah".
    Larger gestures include repeating what you've heard back, asking questions, and checking in if your understanding matches your partner's.
  • Let some periods of silence go by, giving them room to speak, rather than always jumping in.