Thursday, October 31, 2013

Listening

Of all the communications tools we have at our disposal the one that sits prominently atop the heap is LISTENING.  

Oddly, that is the one that is often the least frequently and least effectively practiced.

Some things that active listening conveys:

Valuing
                      Interest 
                                          Attention 
          Respect
                                                             Concern 
                         Calmness 
Openness 
                                           Acceptance
         Deliberation
                                                                   Curiousness 
                             Humbleness
Steadfastness

Hmmm….  I don't see a single word in that group that I wouldn't want folks to think of when they think of me.

What would it be like if others thought of us in those terms? 

What would it be like if we could think of ourselves in those terms?

What would our homes and places of work be like if we could listen our way through each day in those terms?

No costly training required.  We can start right now.

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