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6 Communication Tips You Can Use to Keep the Peace at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner and many of you are still running around, with travel plans, grocery shopping and cooking your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Once all the errands are done you’ll eventually find yourself sitting around the dining room table ready to enjoy that turkey you worked so hard on. With your family by your side you’ll start to realize communication was never your strong suit, especially with members you only see once a year at Holiday time.  Luckily, communicating with family isn’t much different from talking with co-workers.

Here is a list of 5 communication tips that transfer from the work place to the dining room table.

  • Remember your people skills- keep an open mind and a positive attitude.
  • Come prepared with some conversation starters- do your research and choose topics that interest others.
  • Remember the golden role- do not speak about politics; it’s never a good idea in the office just like it isn’t a good idea at the dinner table. This may be a hard topic to avoid, especially with recent events, however this is where Rule 1 one comes into play!
  • Let everyone share- have the table go around and say one thing they are thankful for. This way everyone is participating and has a chance to speak.
  • Roll up your sleeves- never leave the table without taking your plate with you and score some extra points by helping with the clean-up.
  • Last but not least- remember your manners and compliment the chef!

After Thanksgiving is over, remember these tips in the office to help set you up for success!