Are You Listening
Thursday, September 12, 2013
" The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer." Henry David Thoreau
I usually can't watch talk shows . Why ? They drive me crazy!!!! The hosts usually asks question after question to the guest not stopping to get a full answer. I keep yelling at the screen shut up already let them talk.
The best interview I heard was years ago ,it was done by a teenager ,an up and coming journalist, and it involved my favorite actor Alex O' Louglin, She asked very good questions in a respectable way and really listened to the answers. That is where I learned Alex's favorite soup is his mother's pea soup. I learned that he loved to read and loved salads. I learned his love of watches came from his grandpa who always wore one and so did he. The interview was cute honest and funny the best I ever heard. That little girl will go far in journalism because she learned to take herself out of the equation. There was no ego just listening. At the end Alex interviewed her for a bit very touching.
In this fast pace life do you ask questions and not wait for a full answer. Is your attention half there. ARE YOU LISTENING or thinking of the next thing to say before you get a full answer.
I am going to try to be more open. To take me out of the equation. I wont ask for only things I want to hear. I want to really get to know someone the whole picture. I will close my mouth and open my ears. I bet it will change my life in a good way. How about you .Are you Listening!!!!