Elevate the Conversation
I was recently introduced to a proverb:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
It’s amazing how succinctly this quote (usually misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt) describes the way most of our daily interactions work. Look at the media. Find yourself reading People magazine? Maybe you’d learn more by watching the Events on CNN. And you would learn even more if you cracked open the Economist and read about the great Ideas in there.
When you are having a conversation, the first question you should ask is, are we talking about People, Events, or Ideas? And if it’s People or Events, see if you can elevate the conversation.
This is harder than it seems. We all are tempted to talk about people that we know. We are natural gossips. These are conversations we all have had:
- He just got a new job
- They just got married
- I really don’t like her
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