the imperfect number

Writing Prompt: Counting Voices

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?


There is no exact number. The environment simply needs to allow for everyone to share their thoughts. If everyone cannot express themselves without interruption and over talking one another, then the number is too many. It doesn’t matter if it is three people or one hundred. If the synergy is off and/or everyone cannot contribute, then to pinpoint an ideal number of people is pointless. Balance and respect are key to any successful conversation.

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