There seems to be a trend where people start conversations with: “I want to tell you how I feel, but I don’t want to discuss it.” Or worse, they spout off with how they feel and upon finishing state that they “aren’t looking for a discussion” or in other words, “Don’t share your perspectives, I’m set in my ways and won’t be swayed.”
Can we all agree: This is not a conversation? But it sure could be a vent, rant, monologue, diatribe, tirade, onslaught, blitz and maybe even a form of an aggressive attack.
But let’s not confuse this to be “having a conversation.”
A conversation is the ability to talk socially in an informal interchange either privately or publicly regarding thoughts, information, ideas or opinions etc. through spoken words about a particular issue or a series of issues that results in then what is called a “dialogue.” A dialogue is what happens when two or more people get together and have what then becomes “conversation” whereby there is an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue with a mutual view of reaching an amicable agreement via the exchange. The purpose of dialogue is to carry on a conversation to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them — with what needs resolution.
One blog at a time, I hope to remind everyone how fabulous conversation and dialogue can really be…if we’re willing to “literally” apply the definition of the words.
That’s what I’m thinking about.
I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter, & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.