Have you ever felt misunderstood or disconnected when having conversation? Do you notice people not paying attention to you while you're telling a story or have something to confide?
Conversation and listening skills will get you far in life, but they are skills that are rarely discussed let alone taught formally. Learning to listen will will allow you to connect better with others. Understanding nuances of clear communication will allow your message to get across effectively.
I have learned the hard way of how to connect with others. I've had dozens of years of experience interacting with strangers and the public, leading team members and subordinates, and conducting therapy. I have made many fine mistakes over the years, and I wish that I knew about the following three TED Talks when I was younger. Invest half an hour and change the way you interact with the world.