Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.

I did a gig with Mr. Bix Bickson of Institute B. An all-day event where we waxed philosophical n’ strategic, and turned our in-the-trenches tales into something useful for entrepreneurs. The diamond of the day:

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.
– Bix Bickson

And everyone in the room went, Ohhhhhh.

Listening isn’t waiting for your turn to talk. It’s not devising your case in between pauses. It’s not even about understanding what the other person means, necessarily — and it’s certainly not about agreeing.

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.

What would it look like for you to practice this? How will you be while someone is speaking? What energy will you radiate? How would this intention affect your presence, your clarity of mind, the way you hold your body, the space around your heart, the depth of your breath, the cadence of your words … your gaze.

It becomes a giving, not a taking. Imagine that. Imagine how the phenomenon of feeling heard — seen, received, met — would change absolutely everything.

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard. – @bickstweet

 

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