Sculpture listening for something new People often describe good listening as being able to paraphrase back to someone what they have just said.
Here is a different test.
Were you able to hear something new in what was being said?

Next time you hear someone saying ‘that same old thing’, instead of assuming you know what’s coming next and switching off, be curious and listen for something new, however small.

Curiosity can’t do any harm, despite what the cat reported. Curiosity informs you about life. Without curiosity, we are blind.

Noticing something new, especially where you thought it would be the same old stuff, means things are changing, and that’s interesting. Nothing is static, so there is always change if we can but notice it.

This week, when someone you know is talking, focus on listening for something new, however small. Notice the change.

Then when you hear it, what will you do with it?

Here are some tips on listening well.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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