Do you still use conversation starters? Do you have enough interest, time, and determination to own the launch of a discussion? Many people seek the pattern of ease instead of the pattern of meaningful.
It isn’t new, it has been happening for two decades. It is the shift of convenience, the effectiveness of time, and the lower price that is driving change.
What is Traditional?
Most fast food restaurants still have inside dinning. Yet, the drive through is popular.
Many traditional retailers have shipping services while they still maintain some presence with a store front.
People movers in airports are popular, yet some people still walk to either side.
In some circles there is the argument against reading. “Who reads anymore, I just watch a video.”
We don’t have to physically run and hunt to get our food. Yet some people still do both.
In modern society, convenience often stands out when compared with the traditional.
Communication is not losing its effectiveness so much as the options for delivery are vastly increasing.
As the societal value of convenience, ease, and the selfishness of control slowly erode traditional systems will conversation starters still matter?
Some people still want to dine in the restaurant, even for fast food. Some still enjoy the experience of shopping in stores instead of using a computing device. Reading still matters to many and some believe it is the most valuable path to increasing intellect.
Conversation starters still matter for the feeling of belonging, security, and what most believe to be important for survival.
Society will change, so will the scope of conversations. It is hard to imagine the shape of tomorrow without starting a conversation.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.