How do you begin a conversation?

Written on
December 12, 2023
Peter Hostrawser

In my role as an educator, I have the privilege of engaging with hundreds of students daily. It’s not just about the subject matter; it’s about understanding their perspectives on business topics and life in general.

Recently, I had a profound realization during a conversation with a particular student. Over the course of our last dozen interactions, I noticed a recurring pattern — her conversations consistently kicked off with a negative tone. As the dialogue unfolded, it often led to a cascade of complaints and excuses.

Curiosity led me to ask her if she had ever paid attention to how she initiated conversations. Surprisingly, she hadn’t. It was an enlightening moment, and I gently shared my observation — a consistently negative start to her interactions. The impact of this revelation prompted her to pause and reflect.

As educators, we not only impart knowledge but also guide our students towards self-discovery. I encouraged her to consider how others might perceive her if this negative trend persisted. We embarked on a journey of self-reflection, aiming to reshape her communication style.

In a world filled with challenges, venting and complaining may seem like a natural outlet. However, it’s essential to recognize the toll it takes on those around us. Life isn’t always fair, but dwelling on the negative won’t alter the situation. Instead, embracing positivity can transform our interactions and, ultimately, our experiences.

So, I challenge you all to be mindful of the energy you bring into a conversation. Start with a positive note, even when addressing challenging topics. It’s a small shift that can make a significant difference in how we connect, collaborate, and navigate the complexities of life.

Peter Hostrawser
Creator of Disrupt Education
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