Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

Image“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” (Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” (John Wayne)

“You know why I like to talk to you, Delia? You never interrupt with your experiences.” (Anne Tyler, Ladder of Years)

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The Challenge of Listening

In a previous post, I talked about the necessity of effective communication in order to lessen some of the strife in our life.
I mentioned how the inability to listen is a major factor in our communication failures.
This post goes deeper into that problem. 

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You’re NOT Listening!

What we have here is a failure to communicate. (Strother Martin in “Cool Hand Luke” 1967)
Communication is a two-way process. That doesn’t mean that both parties have to speak. It simply means that there must be a message given and a message received.
EFFECTIVE communication occurs when the message received is the same as the message given.
How often does that fail to occur in your daily experience?

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