The Power Of A Conversation

There always has been great power in the conversation. (And by the conversation I mean a face-to-face dialog without the distractions of the many technological devices and communication channels so widely used today).

I’ve noticed that the conversation is becoming more powerful and think it will continue to grow in the generations to come. We’ve tried to replace it, (not intentionally of course), with tools and techniques designed to make our lives more efficient and more productive but there is a great price to pay for this efficiency and productivity.

Email is a wonderful tool and most would agree that it has changed the way they interact with friends, work colleagues, team members, but at what cost? Have we lost the art of real conversation? An email can be read in several different ways and easily misunderstood – not so the face-to-face conversation.

As I glance at my inbox whilst writing this, I’m amazed at how many messages are sitting there jostling for my attention – and all of them are important of course, and all of them require an immediate answer! It also strikes me how impersonal many of them are and how much of their content is just information for informations sake.

Text and social media are other phenomenons that have changed the way we communicate.

Is it really a conversation or is it something else – just information perhaps?

The reality is that email, texting and other tech tools have made our lives easier and in many ways more productive – they aren’t the enemy. However when they become the first option, the easy option, the elder brother of the face-to-face conversation, I can’t help but think we are losing something very powerful.

The face-to-face conversation is powerful and will become all the more so as it becomes a lost art, a specialist skill, something we used to do.

I’m keen to be one of those skilled conversationalists. I think that the face-to-face conversation will become valued even more, appreciated greatly by those we lead and work alongside.

I guess I’ll call someone today, meet them for coffee and keep the dying art of real conversation alive.