A colleague I met recently at a conference has an interesting take on how to get what you need out of a conversation while acknowledging that you can’t actually control the conversation. Why can’t you control a conversation? Well it comes down to the obvious really… For it to be a conversation it has to be a two way dialogue otherwise it’s just a set of instructions being delivered to the other person. Engagement is crucial.
But to get what you need you can start with 5 simple steps:
- Determine what success looks like.
- Think how you might get there and who can help.
- Create an environment that will enable and accelerate the process.
- Decide how to behave.
- Take a deep breath and say, “Hello”.
Be sure to include a healthy dose of respect for the other opinions that come through in the conversation as you might really learn something out of them.
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