Category: Discussion Leading

Conversations that Count: The Rules of Improv as a Model for Discussion

According to the roadmap for this series, this post marks the transition from Part One of the series to Part Two. Congratulations to me for making it this far, and thanks for all the encouraging feedback!! Ultimately, reading about being...

/ May 7, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Common Objects of Love

The Problem of Commonality: One of the problems (and one of the joys!) of informal conversation is that while it is often directed toward a topic, the backgrounds of the participants often diverge so widely that it makes progress on...

/ May 2, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: The Discussion Worldview

In order for educators to promote great discussions, it is crucial for them to understand the beliefs necessary for great discussions to occur. In other words, there are certain commitments that educators and participants need to have in place for...

/ April 30, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Questions vs. Answers

It is a theme that I have touched on in several posts now, so I thought I would put it into an installment of its own. Managing the interaction between questions and answers is a challenge for any institution, but...

/ April 20, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: The Biblical Basis for Discussion

But is it biblical? Such an issue is of probably no interest to most educators or businessmen, but to those who work in Christian ministry (or Christian education in general) it is essential. I have interacted with some more conservative...

/ April 19, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Only Discussion?

Sometimes when I advocate using discussion as a means of education, people hear me saying that I think they should only use discussion. I’m not. Discussion should be part of your overall educational strategy. An essential part, yes, but only...

/ April 17, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Why Discussion? (Updated)

Why are we doing this? As someone who led discussions with high school students on a regular basis, I would often hear their frustrations with the discussions we would have. “We don’t get anywhere. It just feels circular. The other...

/ April 13, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: The Goals of Discussion

Fostering great conversations depends upon having a good understanding of the goal of the conversation. It is a simple principle, really: without a clear understanding of the end, the movement toward the end will be random and chaotic. If it’s...

/ April 9, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: What is Discussion?

While it might seem trivial to start with, understanding exactly what discussion is can make a significant difference between great discussions and chaos. I have watched numerous beginning discussion leaders (especially those coming out of lecture environments) hand the reins...

/ April 5, 2007

Fostering Conversations that Count: Becoming an Excellent Discussion Leader

While I have blogged a lot about “ideas” here at Mere O, I have very rarely offered the sort of posts that might be viewed as “practical” to anyone. Like most specialties, “discussion” is part art, part science. Good discussions...

/ April 4, 2007