Using this blog as a whiteboard…
LEARN – Motivating Behavior of Conversation (A Simultaneous Activity)
Listen – Always and Foremost
Engage – Find and Articulate Your Signal
Audit - Measure Response
Reflect – Pause and Synthesize
Next – Rinse and Repeat
In most roles of conversation, really good conversation, I've found that learning is the motivator. Those who most often listen are studying (and therefore learning). Those who talk most, learn most — and it is my belief we don't truly know what we know until we articulate it.
My buddy (and if you know him, he's everyone's bud), Steve Farber is in town this week. A busy schedule I'm sure, but he'll be at a Tuesday night Tweetup at the Tavern on 50th (map) around 7 PM. (Note: Not a Tweep? So what, join us!)
A few months ago, Steve was with us in spirit at our #CIB event. Everyone took a picture with Steve's newest book, Greater Than Yourself – and my computer shortly crashed and burned (find out who's picture crashed the Vaio on Tuesday night!)
Steve is more than author, speaker, motivator, teacher, twitterer. He's more than the President of Extreme Leadership, more than a former VP (Chief Mouthpiece?) of the Tom Peters organization. He's a friend. Of mine, and quite a few folks here in Central Iowa.
Lots of big shots come through here. I think Steve is a big shot. Big hearts coming through are rare. I know Steve is a big heart! When I went down with my kidney problems a couple of years back, Steve reached out in a big way. It helped me in more ways than he'll know.
Thanks Guitar Man! I look forward to seeing you Tuesday. And I hope a lot of other #CIBers and #DMTweetups join us.
In the marketplace of old,
Conversations all about
and the only hogs allowed
had short, smelly snouts.
No soapboxes to climb upon
if you tried that, you talked alone
An equitable level of engagement
Would set the proper tone
Seek first to understand
A habit amongst the great
Likewise in the blogosphere
Eyes & Ears wide open an important trait
So with patience, fully listen
Go ahead, take your time
Premature response formulation
in some communities is a crime.