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    • Hello…

      From global dialogues engaging thousands, to tete-a tetes, to everything in between, I’ve got the greatest gig in the world: I get paid to engage the world’s greatest business and thought leaders in conversation. Significant conversation. I do a lot of other stuff, too, but basically I’m obsessed with conversation.

      I’ve been asked to share my views on the power of conversation—especially as it’s exemplified in word of mouth marketing techniques. My preference is the gold standard of conversation” the kind of face to face, one-on-one dialogue that’s getting increasingly rare.

      If you think about it, face to face conversation is the new luxury.

      It’s so easy to “communicate” through technology-assisted means that some of us have trouble remembering the last truly fascinating, life-changing conversation we’ve had.

      So there’s something a bit weird about my writing a blog about the most memorable conversations I’ve had. But I’m doing it to stir your appetite for significant conversation. We’ll share some of the remarkable conversations I’ve been privileged to have with people all over the world. Some are extraordinary leaders in business and public life; others just ordinary folks with extraordinary things to say. And I’ll throw in some conversational tips along the way, as well as comments from other people on the subject of talk, conversation…even just plain gab.

      Whichever way you like it, I hope you’ll find inspiration here to go off and have a scintillating conversation of your own.

      I’ll give you recommendations for initiating meaningful conversation as well as for places and activities that are worth talking about. Let me know what you find especially provocative or fascinating or enlightening or all the above. And, of course, tell me if any of this is wrong-headed, stupid, arbitrary or, worst of all, boring.

    Age of Conversation

    « Basic vs Sophisticated Conversation | Main | Stooping to Conversation »

    August 16, 2006

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    Sue Pelletier

    I think the key here is your phrase, "attendees interactively participate in shaping the experience." One thing I've seen work extremely well for smaller gatherings is to set up a listserv, blog, or wiki ahead of time to talk about issues, challenges, sticking points, and successes. This allows the leader to shape the content to the actual needs of attendees much better than the usual survey, and lets attendees know that what they'll learn is what they need to learn.

    Another thing that I've seen work well is to use a "learning contract," where people jot down ideas on how to use what they learn as they go. It helps to have a concrete reminder walking away of the practicality and applicability of the learning, and gives a jumping-off point on how to take it to the next level of change.

    wf360blogs

    Yeeesss! Sue is absolutely right. All her suggestions are both valuable and useful. The key is to engage people rather than simply inform them...

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    About Susan W. Bird

    • Author of I is for Intercourse: The ABC's of Conversation, Susan Bird is the visionary behind Wf360, and a sought-after speaker around the world for her views on leadership, the strategic importance of conversation, entrepreneurship, and the role of women business leaders.

      Susan's provocative addresses are geared toward helping people and organizations use conversation strategically to achieve no less than the transformation of their businesses, their careers, and the world. Learn more about Susan

    Look Who's Talking

    • "It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much." - Yogi Berra

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