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Listening as an Act of Love

Have you read the book, Listening Is an Act of Love? It’s a compilation of stories collected by StoryCorps founder

white background, black lettering, color photos of peopleDave Isay from the lives of regular folks like you and me. Isay understands everybody in this world has a story to tell, they just need someone who is important to them who will listen. We celebrate life when we stop and listen to how it looks through another’s eyes. Continue reading

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

You might not think that moving requires a lot of listening, but it does. To start with, there’s the listening to lawyers and bankers, inspectors and appraisers, real estate

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Perhaps the Chinese understand the importance of listening more readily than those of other cultures.

agents, and finally, the buyer. That’s just to facilitate the property transfer. Then there’s moving agents and workmen to get everything packed and loaded, and then stored.

Listening is exhausting and at times overwhelming.

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A Failure to Listen

“What we’ve got here is (a) failure to communicate

Some of you might recognize this as a line from the 1967 movie, Cool Hand Luke.

We all have our moments when we realize we have had a failure to communicate and we’re scratching our heads wondering, “how did this happen?”

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As a listener, we must give speakers our undivided attention if we are to catch the full meaning of their words and connect with them.

It takes two to miscommunicate. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how assumptions are the cause of miscommunications.   One assumption by listeners contributes to miscommunication– the assumption that what the speaker is saying is not important enough to warrant full attention.

I watch this happen nearly every day. Sometimes I’m the listener. Continue reading

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