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  1. Leah Dozeman
    August 22, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    This topic is particularly applicable to my life right now. It recently came to my attention that I am a bad listener. Over the last year, through my connecting with entrepreneurs and my involvement in network marketing, I have repeatedly heard about the importance of listening. The notion finally began to sink in and I started to analyze my listening skills.

    To my surprise, I discovered I was not the good listener I believed myself to be. I interject, disengage by breaking eye contact or glancing at my phone, and sometimes even walk away remembering very little detail of the conversation.

    Once I came to this realization, I decided to work on this skill because I wholeheartedly believe that it will build stronger, better relationships. It will also most definitely help me in my entrepreneurial ventures as well. My strategy is to use the Socratic method by encouraging others to talk more by asking follow-up questions for elaborations or explanations.

    The quote by Epictetus is extremely relevant: “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” This is the motto I am living by at the moment and it is making a difference.

    I will expand my listening by applying the tips to my social media platforms. It did not even occur to me to extend my listening efforts beyond my immediate, personal relationships. Thank you for the reinforcing the reasoning behind my efforts!

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