The Discussion Flow Chart


Thank you for requesting to have a discussion with me about this topic. Discussions are a dialog between people in which the participants are willing to alter their position if it makes sense to do so. Sometimes, people confuse “discussion” with “sermon” or “lecture”. These non-discussions are a waste of time since all parties are intractable in the their existing views.

So that our time is not wasted please use this guide to determine whether we can actually have a discussion about this topic.

3 Responses

  1. Kris February 4, 2012 / 6:06 am

    Good flowchart.
    But I’d like to see a flowchart for the opposite situation, you know the one when somebody asks you for your unfiltered opinion or advice on something, and it turns out that they actually want to debate you rather than listen to your requested input.

  2. Foo Bar July 5, 2012 / 11:59 am

    Good stuff. I wish I had this chart several years ago.

    But I also wish it were a PNG. JPG is a poor choice for text and line art.

  3. robert September 20, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    I had a idiot use this chart to try to prove they are not a idiot.

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