Nine Rules for a Good Discussion
General principle: The purpose of a good discussion is to work with others to come up with the best set of ideas or ways to deal with a situation. In an argument or a debate, only one side wins. In a good discussion, everybody wins!
- Think before you speak.
- Listen carefully to what others have to say.
- Do not interrupt when some one else is speaking.
- Make use of what others have to say when it is your turn to speak.
- Only say what you truly believe.
- Do not remain silent. Make sure to contribute to the discussion.
- Let other people speak. Do not hog the discussion. Once you are done speaking, let at least two other people talk before you speak again.
- Support good ideas that other people have, even if they are different from your own.
- Search for the best solution even if it is different from the way that you thought at first.
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