Since you can remember, do you recall being told to “listen” when you were growing up? Listen to your parents. Listen to your teachers. Listen to your coaches or any authority figure. I remember listening to others A LOT. It wasn’t until I was quite a bit older that I started listening to myself. Listening to my gut. Listening to my heart.
Yes, we need to listen to others in order to effectively communicate. We have two ears and one mouth and we need to use them accordingly. Listening goes so much farther than just hearing the words. We must take them in, digest them, and respond.
A key point to remember is that listening doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for compromise and conversation. It means that you are in tune to what the human is saying (even when that’s yourself) and have a conversation about the topic after you’ve heard them out.
Together with our nonprofit partner, Speak About It, we have put together a Yes/No/Maybe list for you to learn more about yourself, your partner, friends and family.
Personal Yes/No/Maybe List
Partner Yes/No/Maybe List
Click here to download these Yes/No/Maybe resources! There is also a template for you to create your own!