In Paulo Freire’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed he talks about dialogue. Where we name the world together. A wonderful mantra for coaching, leadership and life. But this got me thinking about other forms of conversations. Perhaps less useful, or maybe just a right of passage. If we know where it ends, then we need to know where it starts. And where it might get stuck.
- Dialogue – not just a conversation between two people. It’s also an attempt to name the world together. The beginners mind, with questions at large.
- Discourse – presenting with authority. An address, extended conversation, key note.
- Discussion – an exchange of views. After you. No after you. Think carefully.
- Debate – an argument of sorts, but not always sorted out. Advance, for and against. Propose and oppose. Pros and cons.