THINKING OUTSIDE THE TRADITIONAL SPORTS BOX

If Conversation Were a Sport, What Would It Look Like?

And how soon could training start?

Jill Ebstein
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower
4 min readJun 13, 2024

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Young girl whispering secret to friend who is smiling
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“Conversation as a competitive sport” sounds crazy, but just think how much better our world could be.

After all, if conversation were indeed a sport, it would have rules. Here are three likely rules that any commissioner of the Conversation League would enforce.

  1. No interruptions ever. While “ever” is a long time, elite performance requires high standards.
  2. Conversationalists must respond to the points being made by the other participants. Doubling down on one’s own views is a rookie mistake not to be repeated.
  3. Attitude and style are the critical differentiators for the uber “convo-athletes.” Most people participating will have strong technical skills because they value the discipline. That’s how they got to be uber convo-athletes. It’s the soft, nuanced aspects of conversation that can mark an exceptional veteran and earn them style points (see below).

More about the Conversation League

The goal of said league, which is in pilot mode, is to share perspectives. Winning the contest is a byproduct.

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Jill Ebstein
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com