The Value of Discussion

Home Stager

The Value of Discussion

Chit-chat…small talk…how’s the weather…yada yada

Many of us are engaged in the above throughout our day. 

It’s what we do and how we communicate with others…those we work with, our friends, and family. 


But, how often do you actually have a back-and-forth conversation with someone…a discussion, even if short?

 I’m not talking about the conversations you have with your peers about work. Ask yourself when the last time was that you asked someone what they thought about a particular subject matter or how things were going in their life? 


Early in 2020 as the virus was making its presence known across the globe and many were asked to remain at home, I was on the phone with a customer service representative in India. I have no idea why I was seeking his assistance but while he was researching the answer for me, I asked him how they were handling this new Coronavirus in India. 


We only spoke for a few minutes but I learned that he could not leave his apartment without a mask, which did not bother him. He said that he was comfortable complying until we knew the cause and more information. 


(Thankfully, living in Texas paid off. Our ability to be out and about only last a few months.)



After we hung up, I felt less out of touch with the rest of the world and not so far apart from everyone. I had just had a conversation…even though brief…with someone on the other side of the world from me and yet there we were talking about a concern we all had. 

A good discussion increases the dimensions of everyone who takes part.

Randolph Bourne

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Comments (21)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I have found being isolated for nearly two years, I am less social.   We got out of the habit, other than phone conversations.

Jul 05, 2022 05:05 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. A real discussion and true listening is an art form that requires practice. Many should try it. Enjoy your day.

Jul 05, 2022 05:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... because I never stopped working and interacting with clients except for about six weeks at the start of the pandemic, I never felt as if I had been particularly isolated during the years of the pandemic. The main thing that made me feel "isolated" and separate was all the zooming...not very personal if you ask me. 

Jul 05, 2022 05:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - some discoveries are found in amazing ways.  Some might call it science-based; others may say it's magic and there are those who may dismiss the premise "just because".  I think the "value" of connection can't be discounted.  

Jul 05, 2022 07:31 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

As it has been said, reach out and touch someone even it is by phone.

Jul 05, 2022 07:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I often have the customer service calls and we talk about where we are are what it is like in our area.

Jul 05, 2022 07:54 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

That is a great question Kathy! Much of what we do is quick chit chat conversations. I do have a couple clients who call on me as a confidant. They value my opinion and know I'll keep their information confidential. Sometimes people just need someone they can talk through things with.

Jul 05, 2022 08:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  That is why I try to call my aunts and nieces every month to TALK  Make it a great day

Jul 05, 2022 08:22 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Reminds me of the old saying "it's a small world"....and today that is even more true.

Jul 05, 2022 09:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley we were very lucky here, and restrictions were lifted over two years ago. 

Joan Cox I did not realize that Colorado was so restricted.  Time to get out again. 

Jul 05, 2022 10:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin a pet peeve of mine is speaking with someone who you know isn't listening to you. 

Nina Hollander, Broker we were lucky here in Texas. We were able to go out by the summer of 2020. Diners were placed apart but at least businesses were open!!!! Yea!!

Jul 05, 2022 10:15 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When we take the time to talk to someone we often learn that the world around us is wonderful and people on the other side of the world aren't really that much different than we are.

Jul 05, 2022 10:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

I agree Michael Jacobs Texting certainly hasn't help the fine art of listening and talking has it!

Leanne Smith I wonder how many people speak on the phone anymore?

Jul 05, 2022 10:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Me too Grant Schneider I try not to be too long so they won't get in trouble but I do!

Carla Freund that is so true. Good for you for providing a listening ear for someone!!!! We all need that. 

Jul 05, 2022 10:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm you are so sweet to do that.  A very kind and gentle person. 

Sharon Tara it really does. It's fun learning what others are doing and seeing their perspective on things. 

Jul 05, 2022 10:35 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I think discussion is very important. I might add, the power to listen to the other side!

Jul 05, 2022 01:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy I do so almost every day, probably several times a day ++.  I enjoy hearing what others think about this or that or how things are going for them.  When I first read your post, I got distracted and said - oh I meant to call ****. So I did and I'm back an hour or so later after attending to other details!  So you see, you reminded me to make that call!

Jul 05, 2022 04:17 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

A conversation as you have described is very enriching and is food for the soul.  I enjoy those types of conversations on a regular basis. Great topic!

Jul 05, 2022 04:56 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy human interaction is a MUST, and then pandemic has brought that to light more so than ever before.

Jul 06, 2022 02:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

After reading this post, Kathy, I was sitting here thinking.  I remember in high school we had debate teams.  With our participation in those debates, we learned to discuss views and opinions without disrespecting our "opponents."  In today's world, that ability, especially in political arenas, has become a dying art, that has resorted to name calling, etc.  There is a huge benefit to respectful discussion!

Jul 06, 2022 05:09 PM