Explore the link below to see the full explanation of each strategy. A couple that stand out to me are the importance of undivided attention (5) and how Brooks explains there is no middle ground. Staying actively present is one of the great challenges of our time.
I also appreciated the notion of “authors, not witnesses” (4) in which we revisit events through talk and continue to add new layers of meaning, “coating” the experience with a new perspective. In many ways, this describes what happens when you experience dialogue - we pass meaning through our different perspectives, and in turn we create new meaning together.
Approaching the conversation, and each other, with awe is a great provocation (1). How do we reframe the encounter? It makes me think of the biases and assumptions we carry into conversations.
The people who have great conversations walk into the room expecting to be delighted by you and make you feel the beam of their affection and respect.