posted: 08/04 at 11:00 AM
Just think about how many problems arise from “misunderstanding”. Poor listening is so often at the root of our communication problems. It is one of our biggest problems and it has the potential to get worse.
There are more recordings (musical, video, etc.) than ever. More messages coming at us than ever (more “noise”). It is easier than ever to get in touch with people. This is precisely why the way we communicate matters more. It is easier than ever to have casual, meaningless conversations. It is easier than ever to create our own worlds - we just need to make sure that these are good worlds and that they include other people. And that they involve listening to each other.
Listening skills can be learned by anyone at any age. Kids who never learn to listen never learn to learn. On the other hand, if kids learn to listen early on and learn how to be conscious of that experience, they acquire habits that will be endlessly beneficial for the rest of their lives.
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