“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” — Epictetus
Don’t you find it amazing how once you notice something, it seems to show up everywhere in your life? Well that seems to always be the case for me. Once I tune in to anything, it shows up everywhere. The latest…the concept of conscious listening (or the lack of it thereof).
I hop into my email and lo and behold, seemingly jumping out at me was an email from TED.com with the subject line “5 ways to LISTEN BETTER”. You gotta love it!
I recommend you watch the video below that was referenced in that email. I believe it’s well worth your 7 minutes and 50 seconds of time! There is one particular concept that the thought leader Julian Treasure mentions that really sparked deep thought for me. It’s that conscious listening creates understanding. Powerful statement… don’t you agree?
So take a look at the video below. Heed its advice. Get in a quiet place for a few minutes and ask yourself some serious questions such as:
Are you consciously listening to your clients? Are you sure? How about your target market? What’s important to them? What messages and/or signals are they putting out there that maybe you haven’t picked up on yet? How else can you increase your level of conscious listening?
It is my belief that your results directly reflect your degree of conscious listening… after all, effective communication is a two-way street.
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