Given all the outlets that exist for personal expression, it’s ironic that people feel less “heard” now than ever before. One of the best gifts you can give another is giving them your full attention. It’s practical, too.
When you’re in conversation, really focus on the other person, stay in the moment, and seek to understand. Most people are so busy preparing their next thought that it’s amazing there aren’t more miscommunications. Confirm what you’ve heard and watch the reaction of the other person. It’s so rare to be fully heard that your partner will undoubtedly be surprised that you actually listened.
You can’t be everywhere and know everything. But if you listen wisely you can glean enough information to make it appear that you’ve done both.
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