A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Usually, an ideal conversation would be between two people. That is in a perfect world though when both of the people are open-minded and willing to explore new ideas. I have experienced the opposite though, when having a one-on-one discussion, that conversations are not good when people are stubborn and refuse to see any other perspective. However, my best conversations usually are when there is a large panel of people talking.

For me, I would rather as many people as possible when having a discussion. Why? Because that means that there are more ideas, more perspectives, and ultimately more knowledge to learn. It is easier in a large group to bounce ideas off of each other, rather than limiting yourself to only a few minds. One of my more recent panels regarded the racial tension we are facing in our country. With many people adding to the conversation, I learned a lot of different opinions.

Knowledge is everything, and in order to gain knowledge you have to be willing to listen to anyone and everyone. This is why I value a large conversation. Why limit yourself to a specific amount of people when you can learn from many more perspectives? In the digital age, I am a firm believer that the more the merrier when it comes to discussions and a good conversation.


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