Types of Conversations

Conversation plays a crucial role on our day to day affairs. When most people interact, they do not usually think consciously about what is being said or how it is perceived by the other personality or by the listener. The fact remains that there are many types of conversations that we adopt subconsciously. When we are consciously clear about what we want as a conversational outcome and the kind of conversation we aspire, we work intentionally to create what we want to have a better communication.

Below mentioned are a few types of Conversations:

1. Argument- It is a scenario where two people or two groups take opposite sides for the purpose of winning and cause the other person or an audience to support their position.

2. Dialogue- In this, two people talk to understand each other and to share meaning, often to reach to solutions of the problems that are acceptable to both the parties.

3. Debate- It is a situation, where two people or groups intentionally take opposite sides for the purpose of stimulating discussions or thoughts.

4. Sharing- When we share, we communicate what we are thinking and how one is currently feeling. When individuals connect in an authentic, deep way it is a rare experience and allows one to be fully present in the moment.

5. Debriefing- In this, the individual will provide a concise and clear report on a particular event that had occurred which includes all the details. This process of debriefing immensely benefits.

6. Clearing- It is an emotional release by the venting of feelings. Sharing tends to be brief while clearing focuses on one event.

7. Teaching- Teaching occurs both formally and informally. Sharing, debating and clearing typically occurs within the construct of teaching. A successful coach is one who listens fully giving occasional feedback and allows the participants to have a neutral space which enables one to explore, examine and create.

Thus, by maintaining clarity about your own intent, one can avoid moving in the mode of communication that is ineffective.

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