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Thursday, September 7, 2017


It has been a personal objective of mine for several years to be (and become) a better listener.  Progress is being made, but not as quickly as I'd like.

From that learning journey toward being a more powerful listener, here a few observations that continue to shape my growth in this area:

  • Listening, counterintuitively, seems to be a more powerful tool of persuasion than talking.
  • Talking makes me tired while listening makes me think.
  • Deep listening is a very difficult skill to hone.
  • Talking is more likely to convey arrogance, condescension, rudeness, devaluation, and pressure than does listening.
  • Listening exposes me much more to the thinking and wisdom of others than does my talking.
  • Listening seems to make me a better servant, a better friend, a better husband, a better leader, and, yes, even a better talker (not a more prolific talker; just a more effective talker).
The journey continues.

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