By Marc Brown

Whereas initially Arthur notion it used to be going to be an ideal Christmas, he isn't so certain anymore. It hasn't snowed, the tree is adorned with trolls and unicorns, Dad makes a decision to make an genuine "ancient" Christmas dinner, and Arthur by chance breaks his present for mother. whereas Francine fortunately celebrates Hanukkah, Brian prepares for Kwanzaa, and Buster attempts to discover a vacation of his personal, Arthur starts off to imagine he will have a bad Christmas--until an unforeseen visitor alterations every thing. Full-color illustrations.

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Great conversations tend to come from finding topics that both of you are interested in and can discuss. For example, you have just returned from a vacation spent driving along the East Coast. '' and you recall that he is a traveling salesman who spends weeks at a time on the road. So you talk about, and you ask him about, topics like your worst and best meal, avoiding tickets, and locating good hotels. Here is a second example: A friend confides in you that her husband has filed for a divorce.

No idea what to say. " Not the most brilliant comment ever made, but it got him talking. " I asked, and his face lit up as he described it. On and on he went. Instead of a quick, "Welcome to the company,'' I got a full hour of his time! Twice now, when he's needed someone to complete a foursome, he's invited me. And he introduces me as a rising young star at the company! Page 12 Homework: At least once a day for the next week, practice keeping a conversation going by asking open questions and following up on conversational cues.

Joan, Dave, and Cybel, for example, might follow up on the examples above in the following ways: Joan: Really, what was the highlight of your cruise? Dave: Why did she insist? Cybel: How come they transferred you here? In addition to what others say, conversational cues you can pick up on include others' clothes, jewelry, accents, books they are carrying, trophies, photos, and art. You'll be amazed how following up on these cues can open up your conversations. Consider Marsha's example: Marsha: The boss called me up to his office to welcome me aboard, and I was nervous as can be!

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