Teach me to Listen

I’ve taken lots of classes on speaking and preaching, but I don’t ever remember taking a class on listening.  Listening is one of the most powerful communication tools you can use. To do this you need to:

·       Ask more questions than you make statements.

·       Focus on the person in front of you.

·       Watch body language for what’s not being said.

·       Don’t fake listening.  Authentic listening is important.

You know, you learn a lot more when you listen, than when you speak.

You have two ears and one mouth, so use them proportionately.

Paul in the First Century advised us be:

Slow to speak and quick to listen.

And Jesus himself modeled this technique by asking questions and listening for the response.  And people opened their hearts to him.

So, try it this week.  Listen…and let your words be few.

Wayne Pederson (HCJB Global)

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