Is Anybody Listening?

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Silence is Golden – Really?

It is easy to jump to the conclusion that nobody is listening. ‘No response’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways, after all. That no one is listening is perhaps the easiest conclusion to reach but it can be far from the truth. ┬áIt depends largely on the circumstances of the listener and the […]

Right Place – Right Time

What to say is one thing – but where to say it is quite another. In the days of the physical market place it may have been a lot easier. Or you could put ads in the newspapers or on the radio or TV. Even that was relatively simple, but it required a degree of […]

It’s Surprising What You Hear…

Telling our stories is very much in vogue these days – and it has never been easier. I have been writing up some of my “adventures” for a few years already – spurred on by those who keep saying to me “Why don’t you write a book?” A blog seems a good place to start. […]

What I said – what you heard…

The news in UK this past week has spent a lot of time covering two stories – one about top-flight footballer John Terry and the other concerning senior politician Andrew Mitchell. Both stories focused on what they claim they said against accusations based on what people say they heard. In theory these should both be […]

Listening as Therapy

No, I am not a therapist, but I have noticed how much people are helped when we simply listen. Sometimes we don’t even need to say anything, but just listen. That was something else I learned from my wife… I remember once when she came home after visiting someone facing difficulties. The lady poured out […]

What If I Listened More…?

This is a big one – because it strikes deep at who I am…. Not long after getting married I noted that my wife said very little – and I was doing all the talking. So I asked her why… Her reply was very blunt: “What’s the point, because you never listen anyhow…?” Ouch! That […]

Ears that Hear

How often have you been told that you have ‘cloth ears’? It used to happen to me with my Mum. “Didn’t I just tell you…?” etc. While there are several theories about the origins of the expression it seems likely from one of Samuel Pepys’ diaries (May 1 1663, in fact) that cloth ears were […]

Why Did We Not Listen…?

This week we heard of nine men found guilty of grooming then farming out young girls for sex. These were all vulnerable teenagers, many of whom were in care, and all open to exploitation. Some had appealed for help but their cries had gone unheard when they had reported what was going on. Now the […]

Not Listening to Each Other?

The speaker on the radio spoke of the dangers of not listening to each other. When that happens communication breaks down. It is not a good place to be… It could mean that it is too late and the point pof no return has been reached. The context was the issue of assisted dying. Both […]

The Importance of Understanding

Understanding works two ways. I am still haunted by the memory of talking to an American lady whom I had never met before. She listened politely, then told me – with a slight degree of embarrassment – “I’m very sorry but I hardly understood one word you were saying…!” Ooops! That was many moons ago […]

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