Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

Being heard – being respected

Much frustration is generated in people who feel they are not being heard… They are ordinary people, just like you and me. ¬†Perhaps you are one of them. Somehow our pleas for help – or even recognition – are not being heard. In times past it may not have felt so bad, but in these […]

When a Nation Doesn’t Listen

Can a nation stop listening – or refuse to listen? A few weeks ago Britain was marking the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In a BBC radio programme commentators were reviewing how she had dealt with the trade unions that had assumed so much power and control under Harold Wilson’s Labour Government. During […]

And you…?

Isn’t it strange how we tend to expect much more of others than we do of ourselves…? In this forum I am thinking here particularly in the context of listening, of course. The implication is that we may expect others to listen to us, to our ideas, our problems, our life experiences – but we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Lost Art?

Is listening a lost art? In western culture at least where life is lived out at breakneck speed and few have time for anyone else. Gone are the days when children should be seen but not heard. Passive, obedient, well-mannered angels (?) that soaked up everything they were told. Well, that was the way that […]

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