Listen to Understand not to Reply

Think about it, the word listen and the word silent are spelled with the same letters.

In order to be a good listener, we first need to learn how to be silent.

That includes, not thinking about how you’re going to reply when another person is talking.

“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply,” Stephen Covey.

Even though you might have a lot to say, sometimes it’s best not to respond.

In silence, without distractions, that’s when people feel respected and appreciated.

It takes effort to quiet our thoughts and really hear what another person is saying.

Rather than focusing on the variables that we cannot control, focus on the things that you can control, like listening.

Without realizing it, when you listen to each other you are creating an environment of safety. A place when people can share their opinions and offer suggestions. There may even be issues below the surface that you cannot necessarily see or hear where you might be able to help each other.

Listening can strengthen connections, relationships, and friendships. But, be careful because without listening those things might not last for long.

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