Everyone’s talking about it, but what does it mean? Listening.

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It seems every conference or speak I go to these days people are talking about Listening.  In our relationships – we need to listen, in Social Media – we need to listen, in our churches – we need to listen, how we’re doing our partner, customer, client, friend, etc. a disservice by not listening, so we need to listen!  Sound about right? Listening has taken on a mind of it’s own and every consultant, pastor, social media guru (especially), and person is saying we need to listen!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about listening…I practice it daily, I speak about it, I strongly encourage my clients to do it.  I’m all about listening.  Here’s the problem I have.  People don’t know how to listen.

Ever since an early age we’re taught how to speak, print, the history of words, how to talk to our parents, elders, friends and siblings and we’re still learning.  Right through grade school to high school to college and university we are taught how to speak.  You get where I’m going with this right?

It’s great to tell people to listen, but if they don’t know how, you’re not really helping. 

So here it is.  Here’s what we’re going to do.  For the next little while we’re going to break down the word LISTEN and go through it one by one.  Hopefully, you’ll find yourself with some new thoughts around what does it actually mean to listen.  Here’s the break down of what we’re going to look at:

Learn more – It’s Not About You

Interest – The Secret To Listening

Stop – 5 Ways to Listen Without Your Thoughts

Tell – Why Talking is an Important Part of Listening

Earful – Hot Buttons, Listening, What Now?

Non-verbal – Put Those Words Back In Your Mouth – You Don’t Need Them

Listening isn’t an easy task.  It takes a heck of a lot of practice and quite a bit of self-awareness.  You aren’t going to be a good listener overnight, but with a bit of elbow grease, I have no doubts that you’ll do great!

Before we start, what are some stumbling blocks that you have when it comes to listening? What inhibits you to listen?

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