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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by peinis0 View Post

President obama is a good conversationalist - dont be a villain ok

+ that other president - and his son, Charlie Sheen
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by limping_decorum View Post

william f buckley

the OP basically listed him in the dislikes, but I still totally agree
post #18 of 28
Me.
post #19 of 28
Sebastian Horsley
post #20 of 28
+1 to Stephen Fry

Also Neil Degrasse Tyson
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by bbaquiran View Post

Russel Brand, based on late night talk show interviews.

+1
post #22 of 28
Bertrand Russell (some old audio available on the web)
Alan Watts
In an annoying way, Quentin Tarantino.

The best conversationalist I've ever spent time with is Peter Thiel.

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David BowieSimon SchamaDavid Foster WallaceJames WatsonTom WolfeLarry Summers

This is a great list.
post #23 of 28
being a good conversationalist is about asking questions, not about talking. not to be conceited, but I have some extremely fucking interesting stories to tell. I hardly ever tell them - when I am at a dinner party, I'll spend a lot more time asking people about their stuff than telling them stories about my life. then, one of another of my stories will be out, and it will be like icing on the cake.
post #24 of 28
James Grant
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by willpower View Post


+1

i was surpirsed by him, i saw him on letterman and ferguson and was very impressed
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

being a good conversationalist is about asking questions, not about talking. not to be conceited, but I have some extremely fucking interesting stories to tell. I hardly ever tell them - when I am at a dinner party, I'll spend a lot more time asking people about their stuff than telling them stories about my life. then, one of another of my stories will be out, and it will be like icing on the cake.

This is quite true of many conversationalists: it's the boring people who drone on about themselves or their favorite topics.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

being a good conversationalist is about asking questions, not about talking. not to be conceited, but I have some extremely fucking interesting stories to tell. I hardly ever tell them - when I am at a dinner party, I'll spend a lot more time asking people about their stuff than telling them stories about my life. then, one of another of my stories will be out, and it will be like icing on the cake.

Clearly there is a difference between being a good conversationalist and a good raconteur. You're explaining the former; seemingly the point of the thread was towards the latter, as evidenced by the first post.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by linds_15 View Post


i was surpirsed by him, i saw him on letterman and ferguson and was very impressed

Much smarter and more well spoken than I imagined
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