I like this video because it says it all. It’s practical and you can see in one minute how better listening changes everything.
Awhile back I made a video filmed by Jerome Bethea on the subject of listening called Relationship Magic.
Anyway, what I was trying to express there was the deepest form of listening. Listening with an ear for the sum total of the whole person.
We all have work to do on this. It’s a daily thing. It’s literally something to practice in every single conversation. Imagine how different the world would be if we slowed down, stopped what we were doing, focused, and really heard the next person. And imagine if we then took a moment to make sure that what we heard is what they said.
Misunderstandings would slip away and relationships would not only improve – they would be revolutionized! Maybe people would isolate less in a world where they feel heard.
I truly believe this is one of the most important skills to practice, today and every day.