There’s two halves of a conversation – talking and listening.
Some of us are bad at listening. But listening is probably the best part of a conversation. It’s more than a courtesy.
It’s in listening that we learn new things. It’s in listening that we make the person we are talking to feel appreciated & valued. It’s in listening that we show respect.
If you aren’t listening, the conversation doesn’t evolve. It’s just two people saying things they each already know at each other.
But if we listen to someone and use that to shape what we say next, the conversation becomes it’s own unique thing.
Some people interrupt others halfway through them making a point. But if you do this, you are literally missing the point – the full comment they were going to make.
How actively do you listen?
Let’s talk…. and listen.
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