Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

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 […]

Everybody Listening?

Listening is two-way. It has to be if a relationship is to grow and be healthy. Perhaps more accurately it needs to be circular as we engage in an on-going cycle of listening-speaking-listening-speaking. This takes us back to the base meaning of the word “communication” where we engage together as part of the “communitas” that […]

What is Listening, after all?

So far we have assumed that we all know what we mean when we talk about “listening” – but we could be mistaken. Today all our senses are being stretched. Technology progresses at a rapid pace and continues to serve up new ways of communicating. It used to be simple: speech, body language, sign language […]

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