Chances are, it’s been a while since someone really listened to you. The kind of listening that gets you thinking and speaking far beyond what you have previously thought or expressed on a particular subject or idea. When it happens, you remember it because it’s such an enriching experience.
And if you’re honest, when was the last time you really listened with the intent of hearing more from another person, rather than waiting for your turn to speak? We’re all guilty of it.
You will have heard of ‘active listening’ but when it comes down to it, there are only two types of listening…
We either listen in order to reply or we listen in order to ignite more of the other person’s thinking and expression of their thoughts.
When we listen to ignite or experience being listened to in this way, it pushes the person speaking’s thoughts further than they may have ever gone before. It takes them to the cutting edge of their thought process and it allows more bold and more complete thinking.
When complete thinking is allowed to take place, something remarkable happens – we resolve our own issues and come up with our own best-fitting solutions. This is worth its weight in gold both in corporate and home life.
The trouble is, we rarely get the time, space and agreement to practice interactions with other people in this way, to ignite a complete thinking process and spark higher-quality decision making.
On top of this, we live in such a busy and fast-paced world that most of us barely have time to sit and think through our own thoughts for ourselves for any more than a minute or two. The creative thinking process is further stifled by being… Read more…