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Day 288: Favorite TED TALK 4: Conversations- is it a dying art?

One of the best things I have learned in my PhD is that doing research from an interpretive paradigm is the hardest of all (of course, critical paradigm too). The reason is because both these paradigms involves tools for research that requires us to 'listen'. It also teaches us that 'we' are not always the be all and end all of everything, there is so much more out in the world that is waiting to be explored. Thanks to my wonderful chair and other exceptional committee members, I have had the best classes in understanding this tool called 'interviewing'. I have also learned that we can be better at interviewing only with more interviewing and more practice. One of the most crucial skills here is to listen and also take a conversation forward. Unfortunately, in today's day and age, we end up hustling through conversations and not being able to continue a meaningful discussion with most people. As much as we have moved forward with technology and other sophisticated means of communication, we have lost the art of conversations over time. I am not against the whole texting context but the way we have conversations (without offending) is becoming hard. Pre-FB era would have had us sitting down with a group in a local tea or coffee shop or the barber shop, or even outside by the side of a tree or a park and have discussions on random topics. These conversations weren't just restricted to everyday complaints or office/personal stress and gossip but on topics that helped forge new meanings and ideas.

This may not be a best talk and nor is the speaker any more eloquent than a few other speakers at TED but this topic has some big value and hence this is listed under a few of my favorite TED talks. The speaker, Celeste Headlee worked as a radio host and writer and here she discusses some of the 10 rules to get back to this lost art of having conversations. The ones shared by her are a few of the important things to remember while conducting interviews (my PhD classes). Do watch it to learn more about how to have a good conversation.

By the way, this was filmed in May 2015. 
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