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07.31.2019 (24 Days Ago)

Redhead Princess Warrior writes from The City of Brotherly Love

The Art of Listening
The Art of Listening
24 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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Nothing gets me more annoyed and exhausted than trying to communicate with a person “hard-of-hearing” and I don’t mean “hearing” in the literal sense of the word. Have you ever had a colleague, friend or co-worker that did all of the talking and ZERO listening? (Notice my past tense word choice) Even when they ask a question, they don’t even listen to your reply! Ugh! I tend not to keep them around. Active listening is to listen with all of your senses. When I have a conversation with an active listener, I am aware of this skill immediately. My heart skips a beat and I know they will respond with thought and intention. Selflessly interested in each word chosen, “hearing” every verbal and non-verbal meaning. Do you actively engage in truly listening? How do you know if someone is really listening to you? ...
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  •  Fred wrote 24 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    You are on to something here. Make sure they look you in the eye!
     
       
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 24 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Long ago, I was a contracts negotiator. The sales team used to say "silence" was my superpower. That's because I would refrain from speaking until the other person was finished. The practice of listening (not speaking) served me well then and still does.
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Listening is huge. I know most of the time when someone is not listening to what I am saying by lack of eye contact and repetitive "Uh Ha's". I notice so many people that really don't listen which is so necessary in my line of work.
     
       
     
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  •  jzinder wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    What? can you speak louder? :)

    This can be a challenge I have been told I am a deep listener but often I will sketch draw or doodle and people will think I am not paying attention to them but quite the contrary it allows me to focus on their every word. I do find it hard to focus in group situations sometimes so I feel like the dog who sees a squirrel and changes his activity, too much visual stimulation. How do I know you are listening if I notice someone's eye color I know thy are listening to me. People who are not listening will not look me in the eye.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great topic! Very important skill to cultivate. I work on it constantly. :)) Often, people are thinking of the next thing they want to say in response to the first half of whatever you were saying. So they miss the second half. I know someone is a great listener when they re-frame and restate back to me what I said, ostensibly to make sure they “got it right.“ It is the ultimate compliment. Definitely part of the Emotional Intelligence skill set. My nanny used to say: God gave you two ears and one mouth. You should be listening twice as much is you talk.
     
       
     
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