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How does understanding your behavioral blend contribute to defining "enlarging the...

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akatude | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM via web

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How does understanding your behavioral blend contribute to defining "enlarging the conversation"?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted August 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Enlarging the conversation is a term that applies to the concept, stated in paraphrase, meaning understanding and listening and speaking or responding from a perspective that is larger than your own. It is surprisingly difficult to realize that other people literally understand things in a way that is different from your understanding of the same things and that this difference in understanding has the potential to completely block any possibility of mutual comprehension, clarity, agreement or accord.

Therefore the conversation must be enlarged to encompass the other's vision and understanding. The formula for enlarging the conversation, according to Liberty University (HSER 508) is: Identified Needs + Intentional Resourcing = Enlarging the Conversation. This involves asking understanding broadening questions and examining equally broadening resources, etc. Knowing the behavioral blend of both or all participants in a conversation facilitates knowing what kinds of questions to ask and what kind of resources to examine to reach mutual vision, comprehension and agreement or accord.

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