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Become a Great Listener With These 13 Best Practices


Do you dislike Bad Listening as much as I do? 
I was listening to a Sports Radio TV morning show that has three co-hosts who interact. It is amazing how poorly they communicate. There is constant interruption. It is hard for any of them to get a sentence in before another is interrupting them and arguing.  It is frequent to hear two of them talking non-stop at the same time for sentences!

Do they think this is entertaining? Do they think this is great sports journalism? Do they think they are displaying mature interaction? Hey, I enjoy listening to great and intense debate on issues… but at least let it be a reasonably orderly debate where the sides give each other the space to say what they think.

Yogi Berra on Observation


My friend had missed it. Really missed it. The signs were there. The clues were all around. He was just too busy to notice, too distracted to focus, too caught up in the frantic needs of the moment to see. Life was busy, fast, and challenging. He stopped watching. To his great regret. Too late, damage done, warning signs ignored . . . the relationship was past the point of no return (well, with God's grace all things are possible, but our carelessness makes some exceedingly unlikely).

You can observe a lot by watching. Yogi Berra said that.

Ouch.
Attention matters. Paying attention, noticing, focusing, scrutinizing. Painfully obvious isn't it? Sadly overlooked - just as obvious!
 

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