Have we lost the art of conversation?

The Art of Conversation isn’t about etiquette, elocution, or knowing how to hold your teacup with your little finger crooked just so. It’s about something simple and profound: connecting.

It is fascinating to me that the corporate world is constantly seeking ways to improve communication.  Has communication become another motherhood and apple pie statement – what does it actually mean?

When was the last time you really sat down and held a conversation with your team?  What percentage of your communication is done via email or social media?

I recently discovered The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure by Catherine Blyth.

She has two powerful pieces of advice

  • Hear what people are really saying as opposed to what they are telling you
  • Directness is a privilege of intimacy

Great food for thought!  Let me know if you would like to have a chat about it :)

 

24 Jun