Listening is More Important Than Talking

[tweetmeme source= “brennels” only_single=false]I had a mentor tell me one time “first one who speaks loses”. I didn’t understand it until I was the first to speak and lost. This happens in almost every conversation, whether it is dealing with customer complaints or just being assigned a task you weren’t interested in but you were the first to speak up so you, in return, owned the issue. Silence for many is tough for many but what it allows you to do is listen. Listening first to the problem, issue and or complaint allows the mind to think and then speak when there is something to be said that adds value.

This is a tough lesson for many to learn and requires discipline to site back and really listen to your surroundings. Listening isn’t just the process of hearing it is also the process of anticipating results and or actions from realizing the tone and or emotion involved with the situations you encounter.

So, learn to listen first, think and then speak to what is relevant versus just talking to be heard. Listening applies to any life situation and helps create an awareness of everything around other than what is obvious and allows you to better prepare your mind, body and soul.


About bracerennels
Retired from corporate. Previous experience assisting companies implement disruptive engagement marketing strategies to evolve community, collaboration and corporate communications. Provide strategic and executive leadership to transform traditional marketing programs into modern social engagement and improved customer experience. Currently scheduled to speak at the Argyle Executive Forum NYC Nov 5th and will entertain other speaking, advisory or consulting opportunities as time allows.

One Response to Listening is More Important Than Talking

  1. RoudyBob says:

    Seek first to understand, then be understood.

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