Over the last couple of months it has become evident to me that people can't hear one another. We've all become so accustomed to tuning in/out of the conversation that we can't hear basic answers. You ask someone what time it is; they answer 11am and you still don't know what time it is! This is not strictly tied to co-workers, husbands, wives, or kids. I've noticed the phenomenon by all of the above...recently.
I figured I'd remind folks that we should spend less time talking and more time listening. Listening to the answer of a question you just asked is simple respect, but listening to what a person is really trying to say in basic conversation would be darned useful too.
Boy am I behind. I figured that out when I got the following twitter message from Barbara Nixon:
Tomorrow is deadline for proposals for Int'l Listening Assoc. conference in spring. Have you submitted yet? http://www.listen.org
Far too many of us have been doing more talking than listening. There's an association, a website, and a convention. Cool, eh?
Thanks so much for mentioning the importance of listening!
AU Class of '84
Good article (of which I'm very guilty)! I read this earlier this week, then today noticed that bigsky52 had tagged several sites related to this that you (and your readers) might be interested in: http://delicious.com/bigsky52/active_listening
Sorry Dad! You should know by now that I have elephants in my ear though :)
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