“The path to gaining knowledge and acquiring wisdom begins with the respect that we show others by listening.” – JSP

Listening connects us with the experiences, motives, and feelings of the people we converse with. Listening to people is affirming, it validates them and informs us, it’s a win/win when we’re on the same page. .  

People gravitate to those who listen, they are more likely to trust those who show an interest in what matters most to them.

Good listeners ask good questions. Good leaders and managers listen to their teams, employees, customers and clients; how else will they know how they and those they serve are doing?

Listening enhances our awareness of others as well as ourselves. Listening to people developes a mutual respect for one another.

An unknown author wrote, “A wise old owl lived in an oak, The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?” … It’s just a thought -JSP

*Photo by John S Picarello