The BlogTalkRadio podcast show Ginger Johnson and I offer each Tuesday morning is turning into a Literacy conversation on Conversation Literacy. A good thing if you ask me (and asking questions can be a great conversation ignitor, yes?)
If we look at Conversation as a type of currency, maybe then we can view listening and extending conversation with good questioning skills as a deposit — and hogging the conversation with monologues and interruptions as withdrawals.
Angela Maiers and Alec Couros recently shared with our Digital Literacy class about the 3 E's (Enlightenment, Engagement, Empowerment) in education. Well, I'm of the opinion that classrooms are conversations – so we can use those E's in growing better, more profitable conversations.
- Enlightening – A conversation that enlightens is profitable. Sometime, the one who talks most, learns most — and therefore is enlightened the most ("We don't know what we know until we articulate it.") Sometimes, our listening for enlightening has nothing to do with us (it's about the one who's speaking)
- Engaging – Engage and invite others into a communication sharing. Do so with your behavior. By the engagement, you will make deposits. Remember, without engagement, it's all noise.
- Empowering – The best thing a profitable conversation can accomplish is to empower those engaged. Big difference between overpower (push) and empower (pull).
Have a listen to the show this week. Leave comments (or go on a rant on your site) and let me know what you're thinking. Is Conversation a 21st Century Skill needing to be taught?