TED Conversations

Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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What makes a good conversation? What draws you in and engages you? Let's build TED-capacity by sharing what we're learning with each other.

Conversations are subjective. Some pull us in, others glaze us over. Truth is, they are are important to our lives. A conversation might be a footing to the foundation of a life-changing relationship, or leads us on a turn that changes our course. In order to strengthen our own conversation skills, and encourage others, can we discuss what works - and doesn't? What engages you enough to comment, or continue in the dialogue? What tips would you give others to help them be better conversationalists? What mistakes have you made? When do you get the most from a conversation?

It's often been said 'it's not what you say, but how you say it," how does this translate to online conversations for you? How can we make it easier for non-English speaking members?

Joining a TED conversation can sometimes be intimidating. For some, it takes courage and vulnerability. What can you say to encourage those sitting on the sidelines? Or to those who don't think they have the right thing to say? Do you read conversations but never comment? Why not? Has your world view ever changed, or paradigm shifted?

How about building TED-capacity by offering what you know, what you've learned, even what you struggle with to raise the bar for conversations and to be inclusive to those thinking about jumping in?


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  • Nov 23 2011: Thanks Linda - for opening up :What makes a good conversation ... drawing you in and engaging you ? Well, I am a world traveled journalist-filmmaker who is professes to be a videographer ... using my camera as my pencil to interview ordinary people doing extraordinary tasks ... by having wonderful conversations with them ...

    So recently, I started VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE at http://voicesofwomenworldwide-vowwtv.ning.com and now I am conversing wth over 500+ members from all over the world ... The first secret of success is showing genuine concern for "the other" ... who need to be listened to ... to tell their stories ... frankly and without hesitation ...

    What drew the members to the website was VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE's mission was "promoting voices of the voiceless ... women, young girls and children, and even men ... who want to tell their stories ... to anyone who will listen ...

    That's why TED Conversations are so popular ... there are room full of people waiting to listen to heart rendering stories ...

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