A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?
I love, love, LOVE communication in all its forms!!! Even bad communication can teach us things.
When it comes to deciding numbers of communication I believe there are many possibilities as well. I attended a couple Promise Keepers conventions in the mid-90’s. A stadium filled with 60,000 men all there for the purpose of glorifying, or seeking for the first time, God. The weekend was filled with worship, lead by a group and there were individual speakers. The message was received.
It is possible to speak to a worldwide audience, especially these days with the advancements of the Internet and technology. But, is that what we are really supposed to be about? What if, like the game of telephone, the message gets lost in translation?
I am sure you have heard this example, especially lately, Adolf Hitler had legions of followers, Jesus Christ had 12. Maybe less is more.
I am a big believer in small groups. When numbers get too large, people can begin their own ideas and end up creating something new. I like small group discussions. All ideas can be heard and discussed.
When thousands and millions are in absolute die hard agreememt with an idea being presented it is great to speak to large groups, but give me a small group, even with people who disagree any day!! Minds can be changed for a better path when only one-on-one or a small group of no more than twelve are gathered. That’s the way Jesus exampled, that’s the way it should be now.