May you always listen, not just hear

By · Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “

Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later

One of the neat things about keeping the windows open at night is hearing the birds start chirping at the first hint of dawn.

Oh, how wonderful it would be to understand what they are tweeting.

May you always listen, not just hear.

When we hear, how much do we actually listen to and understand?

With those early birds, it’s not possible to understand, no matter how intently we listen. But there are other times when we can put our minds to it and succeed.

There are many more examples you can identify in your own lives. As you reflect on those examples, remember that it’s easy for us to “tune out” what can distract us. It’s more difficult to listen to what we’re hearing.

But if we’re communicators by profession, we learn to do both.

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