Fast Break: Conversation

Fast Break was at Vibewire and featured 5 of us talking about Creativity, Connection, Collaboration, Commercialisation & (drum roll please) Conversation.

Here are the notes to support the slides (which I didn’t really use):

  • A key challenge to innovation is noticing. Or the willingness to be surprised.
  • Conversation plays a key role here – in conversation we can allow ourselves to be surprised.
  • Lovely quote from Theodore Zeldin’s book Conversation: The kind of conversation I like is one in which you are prepared to emerge a slightly different person.
  • Finally, 3 suggestions to improve the process:
  1. Find people who are not like you to converse with. The more alien, the better.
  2. Listen as well as talk.
  3. Do something about it afterwards.
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4 Responses to Fast Break: Conversation

  1. re: turn on says:

    The Zeldin quote certainly had an impact.

    This definition of conversation (online or otherwise) reminds me of childhood, playing with different colours of play-dough. They can be formed separately, stick together as a single shape yet remain distinct in colour, or mash together and form a new colour and shape.

  2. Adam says:

    Matt, this great insight! the importance of conversation and communication. in today’s organisational context interpersonal skills such as communication allows us to meet the demands of both our employees/employers.

    my own recommendations for improving conversational skills would be:

    1. utilising verbal and non verbal cues such as body language
    2. a degree of cultural awareness to avoid any chances of conflict
    2. consider the other person: communicate with them in terms of their interests, values and backgrounds.

    • innotecture says:

      Adam – Very interesting. Thank you for commenting. Can you give me an example of where this has happened to you?

  3. Adam says:

    gladly, i find that at work i’ll exercise a great degree of self awareness especially when communicating with my manager. i’ll tend to change my register, jargon and body language if i want to come down to their level (empathise) or i’ll consider their values and interests before i voice my own opinion.

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