I'm delighted to share a new post from my friend and fellow blogger and coach, Carrol Suzuki. As Carrol says:
Listening is an endangered skill in today's quick-bytes, hurry-up world. Although listening is one of the most neglected business skills, it's possibly the most vital. The good news is listening intention and capacity can be learned.
And that's what Carrol does--helps us become attentive and authentic listeners. She's also a great blogger. Enjoy!
Discover the poetry and wisdom that is within people.
~ Kate Murphy, from You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
Want to hit your next conversation – out of the park? Consider making baseball your best play, especially for listening.
1. Call the play.
If you are the one initiating the conversation - make sure you know what you need from the listener before you start. Especially if you don't want advice or help - just attentive listening - say so!!! And if, as the listener you forget the play - you can always quickly apologize & get back in the same play with your conversational partner.
2. Be "on deck".
Take a knee - pause your mind - so you're prepared to keep what's being said - front & center. And in these interesting times - open your heart & pull out your "thick skin" so you are well prepped to not take anything personally.
3. Batter up.
Good hitters use simple tools & most importantly keep their eye on the ball - in this case the other person & what they are expressing/saying.
4. It is listening's "game on" in these tender, vulnerable and uncertain times.
Wishing you resilience, wellness and humour,
If you like baseball poetry — check out Carrol's brother-in-law's latest song collaboration called: Baseball Always Brings You Home. Shel loves baseball, family & Judaism in no order of priority, and at Canada's Baseball Hall of Fame he is called Canada's baseball poet.