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Today's word: Listen
There are some skills we can live without and some are important but not necessary. And then there are some that are just MUST HAVES.
Listening is one of those skills that is a must have, and before you talk to me about how deaf people can't hear so obviously it's not... you are wrong. Be you deaf or hearing or what ever the case may be it is important that you LISTEN with all your senses when someone is trying to communicate with you. If you interrupt with an answer before they are finished, then you have not gotten the full message of what they are saying - which in turn means you've made an assumption about what they are going to say.
If you interrupt with some random fact or question that has nothing to do with the topic of conversation, again you don't get the message.
If you sit quietly but the whole time you are formulating your answer, that also is not listening...
We all do it, there is not one person who communicates in a perfect manner but regardless if you are communicating with your boss, coworkers, wife, husband, children there are some things that might help stave off an argument.
1. Listen - give the person your full attention. Listen to all of their words, not just the first few.
2. Repeat back what they have just told you, especially if you are unsure of what they are talking about.
3. When it's your turn to talk, stop a second and make sure you know what you want to say.
4. If you are having a difficult time, stop, pray, and listen for God's help, He can always give you the right words if you just LISTEN.
Communication is the key to any relationship, we must communicate effectively to be understood, and to show compassion, or just to know what each party wants/needs.
I put this hear, not because I am an expert, but because along with every one else in the world, I can always use this reminder.