I’m continuing to read in interpersonal communication, in an effort to pull together ‘how-to’ for use in talking politics with our fellow citizens–particularly those who are in the sway of the corporate infotainment industry.
I had read about the value of questioning in persuasive communication, when today this video popped up on my Twitter feed.
Interviewer: “Are people born gay, or do they choose to be gay?”
Interviewee: “They choose to be gay.”
Interviewer: “When did you choose to be straight?”
Look at how easily and peacefully the interviewees’ minds begin to open when they are presented with a well-framed and respectful question, rather than being confronted with a head-on logical argument.
(Originally posted on my Open Salon blog on September 23, 2011.)