Friday, May 09, 2008

my journey ~ learning the wellspring listening principles

I started a mini-series on Coffee Talk Listening and am posting part two here.

Many communication courses teach skills that help you interact effectively with others. They teach you to how to articulate with clarity and confidence. Often communication courses teach the practical skills associated with speaking while hardly, if ever addressing the listening skills you need for affective communication.

It’s often said that communication is a two-way street: the speaker sends a message and the listener receives the message; however, “Coffee Talk” is not about learning to speak, it’s about learning to listen. And, if you’re a life coach, mentor, disciple-maker, mom, wife, or a friend, giving the gift of listening is just about the greatest gift you can give another person.

the benefits of learning to listen—well

Listening has a duel benefit; it benefits you and it benefits the one you are listening to. Listening excellently helps you become a wiser women of understanding.

Proverbs 16:21 says that the wise are known for their understanding. Proverbs 10: 31 says that the godly person gives wise advice that is helpful. Proverbs 13:14 says the advice of the wise is like a life-giving fountain. Without listening, how do you know what kind of advice to really give?

questions for your soul

Think of the last time you remember another woman actually listening to you. Take a moment and think how that made you feel.

What negative impact do you think “not listening” has on a person?

Why do you think people do not really listen?

On a scale of 1 – 10, (one being poor and ten being great) where would you rate yourself, and why?

...more on listening ~ tommorrow. part one is here.

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