When I figure out how to add a picture to the blog (remember this is new to me) then I’ll show you my daughter’s room. She is an artist in every sense of the word: emotional, sensitive, generous, talented, inspiring, humours and messy!
Anyway, I made my way in there this morning and began reading her walls, I do this because I really do think she’s inspiring. Yep, she writes and draws on the walls …don’t worry, it’s white chalk & if that’s the worst thing she does then I am lucky. Anyway, I noticed that so many of her quotes dealt with speaking up, out or being heard, and I thought, “Ok, pretty typical of a 16 year old kid.” Then I pulled up some inspiring quotes about listening that I thought she could reflect on and left them smack on her computer. I also think this applies here, in a blog, as it does in a coaching session. Listening is such a powerful tool, and even though I do talk a lot, I try to be a great listener.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” Ralph Nichols
He knew that listening is an art. So often we listen then want to jump in and share our experience too. It is connection and it helps lighten the load or brighten the moment. So, jump in, speak up or just listen…it’s all good.
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