Control the Conversation – really?!

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:

  1. Determine what success looks like.
  2. Think how you might get there and who can help.
  3. Create an environment that will enable and accelerate the process.
  4. Decide how to behave.
  5. 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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