How to Disagree - But Still Be Agreeable

Robert Stone gave us an advance look at one of his talks for OpenWest 2015. The talk covers the differences between an argument and a healthy debate. He went on to cover some of the reasons why a discussion can turn into a heated argument and strategies for avoiding this outcome.

Robert focused only on issues that can be resolved or mitigated. He covered ways that a discussion can go wrong and things you should keep in mind to not be the one to cause the problem. He also covered strategies for bringing the discussion back to a healthy exchange of ideas.

The audience appeared to be quite interested in the topic and a fair amount of discussion ran after the main talk. Several people made suggestions that might improve the presentation before the actual conference.

Robert has made the slides available.

We had 14 people attending this month. As always, we'd like to thank cPanel, Inc. for providing the meeting space and food for the group.