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God gave us 2 ears for a reason – to listen twice as much as we talk.
I sat in a meeting recently that was getting long and my patience was growing thin. At that point a topic was raised and the listening stopped. There they were, 2 people arguing over this topic and at one point, it got pretty heated as far as the meeting goes.
So what? Valid question. THEY WERE ARGUING 2 DIFFERENT POINTS!  Both had very valid points but not the one we were discussing.

This wore my patience out but unfortunately for me, I was now trapped in this meeting thay was going backwards by the second all because one person did not listen to what was said inhe first place. It was absolutely ludicrous having to sit there and listen to a growing volume of voices and not being able to do anything.  I would have stood up and said something except the tension was at such a point that it would not have been surprising to been shouted at.

We were given ears to listen but unfortunately,  we don’t always use them to their full capacity. Too many relationships have been completely tuined because one or both parties would not listen to the other before talking.
Listen first to understand and not wait your turn to talk.

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Good morning, how are you?

I am good, how are you?

That’s good. I am good thanks.

 

How many times a day is that said across the globe? Millions, possibly billions, I would suspect. Yet, how many times is this actually said?

Good morning, how are you?

I am sick as a dog. How are you?

That’s good. I am good thank you.

 

Very few people actually start their conversations this way with an intention of listening to the answer. It is used more as a conversation starter and seldom anything more.

We are in fact ALL GUILTY of this at one stage or another. Some people are more guilty, if there is such a thing.

There are times when we intentionally do listen to the answer, of course. Examples are; when you talk to or visit an old friend or meet people face to face.

This behaviour can make or break a relationship. I get really upset if someone does not listen to me. If this were to happen during an important business call or meeting – it may well break the deal or be the difference between yes or no. On the other side of the coin, if people do listen to me, I am immediately warmed to them and it builds a stronger bond without them really trying!

Think about it for you personally – you want to be heard and for people to listen to you, right? Do you listen to others? Really? Try listening to others more carefully next time.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you!

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