Conversation Requires Give And Take

In a conversation, you say something, then I say something, then you say something else.

This give and take is required…otherwise it isn’t a conversation. It might be a discourse, a speech, or a sermon but NOT a conversation.

And if we are not going to have a conversation then what is the point? If I want preaching I’ll go to a church. If I want to hear a speech…there is plenty of political speechmaking going on right now….trust me I can find a speech to listen to.

After being interupted a couple of times I tend to stop listening so all that talking isn’t doing any good anyway.

I know it is polite to listen…or at least try to. It is really hard to keep my attention on something I have completely lost interest in though.

And just so you know…I’m not going to change my opinion of anything just because someone throws a lot of words at me.

It seems to me that if you are so unsure of your position that you can’t even let someone else get a word in edgewise…maybe it isn’t even worth listening to.

So if you want me to pay attention to what you are saying…it is a good idea to let me say something once in a while. And actually LISTEN!

Thank you. Rant over. You can go on about your regularly scheduled surfing now.



  1. I can’t stand when people interrupt or talk over me, especially when they ask me a question. My boyfriend’s psycho ex never lets him get a word in, and it drives me nuts. I swear she’s a vampire, she never has to take a breath!

  2. I understand what you mean. I have a friend who asks for my opinion, but the whole time she’s interrupting me or talking over me. She never listens to a word I say. Sometimes I’m tempted to say something ridiculous just to see if she’s actually listening.

    Tee hee, Nikki you gave me a good giggle about the vampire thing.

  3. Knowing what makes conversation good and bad, we can draw some conclusions about what to do in order to have a good conversation. learn about the interests of the person you’ll be talking with.

    1. Good point. People love to talk about the things they are really interested in. Get a gardener talking about plants and you can end up talking for hours.

  4. This reminds me of funny conversations we would have with our granny. She always had this habit of explaining things with a long story and give great logic (created mostly on her own) for everything. When she would speak, we were not allowed to interrupt, ask a question or dare offer a different opinion, till she had finished her part. Else she would forget what she was talking and would start all over again.

  5. LOL sounds like my grandmother sometimes. Hmmm sounds like ME! How scary.

    But yea I would rather keep quiet and only hear it once…or once a day anyway :p

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