Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now?

Dear Friends,

Can You Hear Me Now?

March is International Listening Awareness Month, a great time to commit to becoming a better listener. “Listening” is defined as the process of receiving, constructing meaning from, and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages, and effective listening is an acquired skill – and one that we can always improve.

Here are a few quotes to consider during Listening Awareness Month:

• Listen a lot and talk less. You can’t learn anything when you’re talking.
– Bing Crosby

• Listening well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as talking well. – John Marshall

• A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. – Wilson Mizner

• The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. – Ralph Nichols

• Talk less. You will automatically learn more, hear more, see more, and make fewer blunders. – Mark McCormack

• When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. – Jared Sparks

• Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening. – Dorothy Sarnoff

Remember, we’re given two ears but only one mouth, because listening is twice as hard as talking!

On Your Team
Jeffrey Stanton
Your Trusted Advisor For Life

P.S. What do you think makes a good listener? Please email me at

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