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(This article is also posted on The Future of Work…unlimited blog)
Last week I reported on my recent interviews with several smart people about what makes for a good conversation (“A Debate is Not a Discussion, and a Discussion is not a Dialogue“) .
Today let’s dig a little deeper into the underlying factors they identified. Here are the seven dimensions of effective conversations:
1. A good conversation is purposeful.
Sure, we often engage in small talk, or in conversations we know are relatively trivial. But when the subject is something we care about, and we have a clear and explicit goal (informing, learning, sharing, persuading) we tune in more intensely and we engage more deeply.
2. The participants are genuinely interested in the topic being discussed. Read more