I’m sorry, what?

Lately I have been trying to understand what it means to be a ‘good listener’. I think that I do  well online but could use some improvement in the flesh and blood world. During online conversations I am able to do other things while in conversation then go back and read over what has been communicated to gain a better understanding of things I may have missed. This isn’t usually possible during spoken conversation. Dag-nabbit!

I was flipping through (online) pages of “Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace, Second Edition” and came across Chapter 7 –  Developing Listening Skills. I could have sworn that the subtitle was “yes, you, Gene”, but I may be mistaken. Anyway, right off the bat it gives an opportunity for Self-Assessment:

1) Does your mind wander when listening to a coworker, to your manager, or in a meeting?

2)….i have no idea, because i only got as far as NUMBER ONE before my mind started to wander.

seriously. i guess i have some work to do!!! how about you? when you listen to someone, are you really LISTENING, or are you just hearing what they are saying? I invite you to take some time and reflect on this; I know I will be…

Peace, yo!


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