Contextual Conversations | Can you hear me now?

“I agree.” Although I like the brevity of this comment, is not sufficient if not contextually bounded. A thought can get lost in online communications if not threaded properly. Conversations can become meaningless without context, don’t you agree? It can head out to the ether awaiting a willing ear to respond. Thus comes the blogging for business vision that one needs to know their audience lest they’d be willing to take stabs at any discussions that come to mind without vision or purpose.

animatedcups_banner.gifDes Walsh spoke at the Australian Marketing Institute exactly a year ago about the idea of convertorials [which I took to mean conversational blogging for business]. As we’re ending Conversation Week and hosts of Conversations Cafe have tried to make meaning in discussions that come their way, I find that this can only be successful if we sometimes stop and just listen. Even for a nanosecond this is crucial in clear interchange of expressions. Founders of the Conversation Cafe initiative had this to say about the need for community, democracy, and wisdom in respectful conversations worldwide.

How can we implement what we learned in the concept of Conversation Cafe in our training events?

In an F2F classroom – we find ourselves looking for ways to respond to our learners questions and anticipate questions they may not want to ask or afraid to ask (or may totally miss to ask). In doing so, I find that some instructors may have a difficult time responding appropriate to ongoing discussions while concurrently thinking of their next topic or comment to ensure flow of discussions. I am reminded of three rules of conversations that I learned as a teen: look them in the eye, read their body language, respond with conviction. Does this apply in F2F classes? Yes as it requires the instructor to actually stop for a moment, a marker of conversation week.

In an online classroom – we remember what Scoble said in Naked Conversations where discussions are publishable, linkable and social (apart from his other pillars). Connecting this with wisdom of community and democracy, our discussions in online training continue to need to be respectful as their access can be immediate especially in public sessions. Simple enough. What happens to listening? In multi-pane windows like Acrobat Connect Professional, Interwise, or Centra, we can get caught up in reading typing, reading our speaking points, and trying to catch up with the text chat all at once forgetting that we need to set parameters to our learners at the onset of our class so they know to stop, listen, and respond as we’re trying to do the same on our end.

As I ponder upon listening more, Jeffrey, sends me this site to check my VisualDNA. Its entertaining and a bit of an insight into how we integrate what Conversation Week taught us with our supposed VisualDNA.

Try connecting Listening and your VisualDNA and let me know what you come up with.

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