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Listening effectively is an underrated skill. It is the main ingredient in effective communication and a basic requirement in personal relationships

Unconditional Love? Try Listening Unconditionally

To love someone unconditionally may be more of an ideal than an achievable goal, but it is a worthy reminder and useful advice in shaping our own behaviour. Still, it is probably out of reach for most mortals. On the other hand, listening unconditionally is something we can practice, and there may be a link to love.

By |2022-08-30T07:47:53+01:00August 31st, 2022|Relationships|4 Comments

Complaining is Viral Misery

Have you ever wondered about auditory pollution? Probably not, but the sounds and noise we allow ourselves to be subjected to affect us, whether we like it or not. The blurb to this TED Talk by Julian Treasure emphasises communication, but there's an equally important message about personal wellbeing.

By |2019-12-29T17:08:31+00:00October 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Listening: Not for the Faint-Hearted

How good is your listening? Listening (as opposed to just hearing), is a dynamic activity, not a passive way to pass the time. It takes effort, focus and skill. It also means putting ourselves aside and fully paying attention to those we would listen to. Listening is not for the faint-heated, but the benefits are worth the effort.

By |2021-05-04T07:24:59+01:00September 11th, 2019|Listening|1 Comment

Giving bad news

I have had many requests recently for information and training on handling redundancy and giving bad news. In response I have prepared a handout to help those who must perform this unenviable task prepare for the job.

By |2019-09-05T22:05:44+01:00September 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

“Listening Is All Very Well, But…”

I often hear people often say that they don't have time to listen, yet, they expect others to hear them. First, effective listening means that conversations are more productive and shorter (and you won't need to repeat the discussion), so the time thing is invalid. Second, the way to encourage listening is first to demonstrate it yourself. They may not copy you, but you are more likely to get their attention and set the scene for meaningful conversation.

By |2020-08-29T08:45:25+01:00June 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments