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7 years ago  ::  Jan 15, 2011 - 4:54PM #1
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5 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2013 - 12:18PM #2
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Dialogue Contrasted With Discussion

Discussion has the same roots as "concussion" and "percussion.” The Latin origin of discuss is “discutere” - to dash or shake apart. Hence, to discuss is to shake apart what others say.

In a discussion we break things down, fragment the whole, analyze the pieces, and seek to convince others of our insights. You recognize discussion by its competitive nature. If you are only listening in order to prepare your own counter-arguments, you are involved in a discussion.

Defaulting to Discussion

Often the default in business conversations, is discussion. Each side will lob its viewpoint across the table. The other will then repeat its counter-position. You have a sense of positions being smacked back and forth like a puck in a hockey game.

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