But there have been times when I haven’t listened. Sometimes it was a case of tuning someone out — yes, deliberately — because I didn’t want to hear what was being said. Sometimes it was exhaustion, pure and simple. And sometimes I didn’t realize my attention had wandered until something — a question maybe, or a long pause — pulled me back into the conversation.
The older I get, the more I value listening. Yes, being listened to — but even more, I want to hear what people are saying. I want to be present. I don’t want to be a long-winded, one-sided conversation.
For me, listening completely means I turn my back to my computer. Or I silence my iPhone or TV. Or I stop talking — plain and simple.
In Your Words: How do you ensure that you listen completely?
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