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?
Conversations are important and I do not think that number of people/participants should be the parameter to determine whether a conversation is good or not. What is more important is the people involved in it must know the rule – be a good listener when someone else is speaking. I guess that is it, because when someone keeps their view points or talks their heart out, all they want is a good listener – who does not not interrupt or respond until asked for. I know it is very complex but when two or more people know each other very well, it just happens. I mean, some people would talk to their pets and feel like that is the best kind of venting out technique for them and some people do have silent conversations while some like to share each and every problem of their life on social networking sites (with 800 friends) now, that might not be fake but is definitely useless. That is not a good conversation or a conversation at all.
A good conversation is when people with similar interests not necessarily same interests sit down (or stand or walk whatever) to talk about a general or exclusive topic and they are able to conclude the conversation. How many number of people? Just as many who are willing to talk.