Inspirational Infusion

#47 — February 1, 2013

Most conversations are simply
monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.

— Margaret Millar

Welcome, Inspired Traveler!

When was the last time you had a really good conversation? I thought so. Much of my executive coaching work as well as my training sessions these days is focused on conversation. So much so, in fact, that my mantra has become “conversation NOT communication.” There is a difference.

In our fast-paced and challenging world, people are being asked to do more with less and something has to give. What gives, in many cases, is the art of conversation and, as a result, the connection that is born of interaction. So, while pressed for time, we text and we tweet in a language all its own. And, as we gain time, we lose other precious things.

We speak in monologues sending information without collaboration; we give direction without gaining feedback; we become prescriptive in a world that depends more and more on initiative. What are we to do?

There are usually no ill intentions in our actions, merely the overlooking of how human interaction contributes to outcomes, influence and spirit in the workplace. How do we really develop trust without conversation? How do we really create without conversation? How do we really understand and serve without conversation?

So, as we mark the mid-winter point, let’s warm up to some engaging conversation with the intention of expanding our learning, listening to new ideas, and strengthening relationships.

Set up a time for a one-on-one with a colleague.
Ensure that each voice in any meeting is heard — in public.
Exchange ideas and thoughts — not just results and data.

Stimulating and engaging conversation open new doors, solidify plans, gain consensus, and establish relationships that last lifetimes. Invest now. The future might depend upon it!

Be Magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


At InspirationInProgress, we enter into client conversations being fully present, as we support goals and ideas. Let’s begin a new conversation today; as my grandmother would say “It couldn’t hurt.”
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