Listening Brings Learning.
Category : Blog
Have you ever found yourself in the following situation? You meet someone new and start a conversation with the intention to get to know that person. You talk for a while then say your goodbyes. Then it hits you! You realize that you’ve talked about yourself the entire time. Now your opportunity is gone, and you don’t know anything about that person.
I do this all the time! I can talk someone’s ear off. I used to think it was one of my strengths. I can keep a conversation going. I just talk about myself: my interests, hobbies, my kids, you name it. I am good at making sure there are no awkward pauses or quiet moments when no one has anything to say.
Now I realize that this “strength” of mine can become my weakness. When I don’t give the other person any time to really say anything, I lose a precious opportunity to learn, not only about them but from them as well. I don’t want to be a “ME MONSTER” as Brian Regan would say. So now I keep myself on constant reminder. LISTEN to the other person. DON’T interrupt them. What I have to say can wait. If I don’t do this, then I may spend all my days just repeating what I already know and not learning anything new.