Try this today: Pause to Listen Fully. Seems so easy to do, but this advice is rarely followed.
It’s been quoted a number of times in a number of ways that learning is a factor of listening and not talking. What could we be learning when we are talking?
To speak is to offer what we feel we may already know. To listen attentively is to learn as we relate effectively with other’s.
Even when we intend to listen, we are often processing our response and/or judgement from mid-sentence on. Instead, fully taking in the message being offered while observing how and why it is being conveyed to us.
Respect another to listen fully, to demonstrate that you genuinely care and to gather from another the message being shared for our learning.
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway —