Listening is greater than speaking.
I talk a lot…
But I listen more…..
There are many keys to communication.
Keys that can unlock many locks, opening doors through the walls the world creates within us.
Cultivate the art of listening to others and learn about yourself in doing so.
Here are the 5 things that I do to cultivate the art of listening.
1. Limit distractions
I make it a point to silence my phone, placing it screen down when speaking to others. I turn off or pause the TV, Radio, Laptop. Whatever I need to do to make sure I’m there in that moment deserves it’s process.
2. Engage empathy
Empathy is the secret sauce when listening to another. The key ingredient is humility, it’s not about you but the person whom is speaking to you.
3. Give the gift of grace
Tolerance, forgiveness, compassion and service carry grace unto others.
4. Create a safe space
Make it private, protected and polite
5. Patience is a virtue
Allow others to speak at their own pace, resist the rebuttals and try not to interrupt.
Five keys I carry with me and use everyday to unlock the doors between myself and others.
Here are the copies.