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Think “Plant” Not “Preach” (Dummy’s Guide to Conversation #18)

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Monologue is dead. Long live dialogue.

You’ll be much more effective if you give up telling people what to do and instead invite them into an idea.

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It’s more work on your part, of course.

Inviting your conversation partner into an idea has the advantage of letting the notion grow in their native cerebral soil versus boxing them about the ears and head with your command.

Planting seeds can also change the shape of your internal discourse. And that can become a  fresh, personal beginning point.

Check out the other 17 tips from the Dummy’s Guide to Conversation.

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Image Credit: Kirk Livingston

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  1. Sorry, but I just love the expression “boxing about the ears.” Very Bogart-esque!

    Sharon K.

    June 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  2. […] into the way organizations conduct business. I predict more collaborative encounters and less monologue from a guy with a tie and a pen to sign your […]


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