Skillful Listening: Needed Now More Than Ever
This essay will explore the importance of applying practical listening skills in today’s classroom, as gleaned from my decades
Seven ways to listen effectively
For those of us/you with children, please tell me how many times you’ve asked or told your child, or heard this: “Were you listening to me?”
Active Listening: practice now and don’t miss out
Effective communication is vital for successful leadership and listening actively is a prerequisite for effective communication.
How Listening Filters Cause Misunderstanding
For decades I’ve been writing and thinking about the system of communication to develop ways for us to better understand each other.
Listening to remember: Active sensory listening.
Have you ever sat through a lecture, watched a “how to” You Tube video or been given location directions only to find you can’t really remember very much
Listening as Service: The Gift of Receptivity
There some ancient wisdom to the effect that the path to the spiritual, as well as material, success in life comes through love, meditation, and service—for some
An Ode To Listening
It is the spaces between the keys on the piano, the intervals between drops of rain in a storm, the branches of a tree swaying in a breeze, the vertices of a snowflake cascading its way down through the crispy icy air, the sun’s rays hitting the pedestrian as he wends his way home, the time passing between unhurried breaths and the time hastily spent worrying about how a breath may be delivered in a song or a speech or even in a kiss, the love between two people or maybe an entire nation, the color of a favorite food or the sky or the earth, the longing of a distant cry or the sniffling cry nearby, the warmth of a parent toward child, the length and breadth and depth of a lifetime or the span in nanoseconds of a moment, the need to be heard alongside the one who’s being summoned to hear, the invocation of praise, the excommunication of a heretic, the willingness to proceed with a desired action, the denial of a given action, the imprints as they are squished in ecstatic merriment made in puddles left by a persevering rain, the cautious croaking of a bullfrog or the majestic squawking of a goose or a swan or a crane or a heron in flight–such an exhausting array of listening–too much for one listener to internalize at one time, never enough to realize the scope of the living.
Why Listening (and Pronunciation) Is a Life-and-Death Matter
A few days before being invited to contribute an article to the Global Listening Centre by your member Sardool Singh, my attention had been arrested by a news item about a Dutch teenager who bungee jumped to her death