How to connect authentically with anyone

“Too  often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening  ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the  potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia

It is said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Yet, listening is such a difficult skill to master.

Most of us listen to respond with our own views rather than to understand.  However, it is not until we really understand a person or situation that we are able to respond appropriately.  Otherwise, we project, make assumptions, and are judgmental.

I am guilty of having an opinion which I believed to be so important that I disregarded what someone else had to say by holding on to the thought until I got to say it out loud – missing out on opportunities to really connect authentically with people.

We already know what we know.  By listening, we learn what someone else knows.

Give someone and yourself the gift of listening today.  Be present to what the other person is saying without judgment or a rush to jump in with your opinions.  What do you notice?  Is there a shift in the way you connect?

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