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The art of ditting

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 December 2015



The art of ditting
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 186
Posted DateWednesday 30 December 2015 16:42 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Ditting is the the art of sharing anecdotes while trying to trump the story of the previous person.

Too often conversations fall prone to it and we end up not listening to the other person's story but recalling and rehearsing our own in our head so we can trump their story. We all do it at one time or another when really we should just take the time to listen to and fully appreciate the other person's story.

Monty Python's Four Yorkshire men is a humrerous ditting sketch.

But closer to real life is the scene near the end of the movie Jaws where Brody, Hooper and Quint share their "scar" stories.

Credit: Thanks to this old post of Ron Donaldsons for reminding me of this conversational phenomana.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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