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Conversation by Theodore Zeldin

How Talk Can Change Your Life (1998)

 





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Theodore Zeldin

ISBN-10

1587680009

First Published

1998

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Conversation; Dialogue

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Conversation by Theodore Zeldin This is a fascinating and delightful little book by Theodore Zeldin - a fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford.

Basically the book is about the importance of conversation in our lives. It explains how conversation is at the root of creativity; how it is better than laws in helping to change our mind-sets and how it can make life more interesting, friendly or passionate.

Its real aim seems to be to stimulate conversation itself and our thinking about how and why we talk. As he points out - we often think more about what we will wear to a social gathering than what we will talk about. It is a stimulating book though it does tend to focus on extolling the virtues of good conversation and is rather light on explaining how to hold better conversations.

What has conversation got to do with Knowledge Management and Learning?

Well, Zeldin discusses how conversation can penetrate the intellectual barriers that are often associated with specialized professions. And he comments that "The really big scientific revolutions have been the invention not of some new machine, but of new ways of talking about things."

To my mind, it is in conversations that we start to create new knowledge and begin to really learn about the world - both from a business and personal perspective.



Video: Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey.



Philosopher and historian Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey.

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Article
  In Conversation: Learn to Listen and to Tell the Truth by David Gurteen
A short article on conversation

Blog Post
  Theodore Zeldin on Inspiration
Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 2 February 2004

  Self-portraits and Blogging
Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 1 March 2004

  Zeldin I LOVE the stuff you do!
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 August 2009

  An interview with Theodore Zeldin
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 15 November 2009

  Are many conversations pointless and does technology discourage face to face interaction?
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 18 August 2010

  Conversation down the pub with Theodore Zeldin
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 August 2011

  A conversation doesn't just shuffle the deck of cards -- it creates new ones
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 September 2011

  Knowledge Menu a la Carte in Turin
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 January 2012

  Take a Seat and Make a Friend
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 December 2013

  Intimate Conversations Cafe: What would you like engraved on your tombstone?
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 July 2014

Book
  An Intimate History of Humanity (Jan 1996) by Theodore Zeldin

  Conversation (1998) by Theodore Zeldin
How Talk Can Change Your Life

Category
  Conversation [127 items]
Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation - literally.

Knowledge-Letter
  Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 20 - 4th February 2002

  Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 21 - 4th March 2002

Link
  Oxford University
Oxford University, England

  The Oxford Muse
Theodore Zeldin's website

Media File
  Video: Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey.
Theodore Zeldin discusses the results of the Courage Beer Conversations Survey

Past Event
  Intimate Converstions
Gurteen Knowledge Cafe
Tue 08 Jul 2014, Gurteen Knowledge
Department for Business Innovation & Skills , London, United Kingdom

Person
  Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

Quotation
  On being a catalyst by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On breakthroughs in the way we treat each other by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On changing the way you think by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On conversation and emerging a slightly different person by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On deciding what kind of conversations we have by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On impoverishing ourselves by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On individuals by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On invention and progress by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On personal history by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On technology and communication by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  On your adequacy as a human being by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  We are so steeped in debate by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author

  When minds meet by Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933) Historian & Author



Quotations from Conversation:

 Change the way you think, and you are halfway to changing the world.

Theodore Zeldin, (b. 1933) Historian & Author
Conversation



 The kind of conversation I like is one in which you are prepared to emerge a slightly different person.

Theodore Zeldin, (b. 1933) Historian & Author
Conversation



 It's up to us to decide on the kind of conversations we have. The way we talk at the office or factory shapes the work we do; it's not just machines which force us to be obedient. I want to show how we could make our work a lot less boring and frustrating if we learned to talk differently.

Theodore Zeldin, (b. 1933) Historian & Author
Conversation



 Technology does not automatically improve conversation, communication or behaviour

Theodore Zeldin, (b. 1933) Historian & Author
Conversation



 Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits.

When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, and engage in new trains of thought.

Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.

Theodore Zeldin, (b. 1933) Historian & Author
Conversation




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