As the primary objective for a constructive conversation, focus first to listen. Many conversations that I observe are missing even one that is truly listening. Most are compiling thoughts for what they will say next, often ignoring what the other is even saying to them. The objective of the conversation largely appears to speak next, to take their turn rather than to communicate for accomplishing something as we relate with one another.

Hold yourself to communicate with others by first listening. Pause to intentionally hear and observe the other in what they are saying. Pause to interpret the message being shared with you. Constructively and respectfully learn from another, listen as though you will accomplishment something important from each conversation. Relate with others rather than take turns talking.

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d preferred to talk.” — Doug Larson —

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