Category: Blog

STTIT’s Compassionate Listening Training Program is Growing!

This past March Someone To Tell It to was awarded the “Listening in the Business Sector Award”, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, by the International Listening Association. One of the main reasons why is because of the work we are doing in so many places both near our headquarters in central Pennsylvania, and also because…
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Listening and the Tug of War

She seemed agitated to say the least. The CEO of the health clinic pulled us aside in the middle of a break. Had we done or said something to upset her? We took a deep breath as our faces turned crimson and then were drained of color. “Well, you stepped right into the fray, didn’t…
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The Discovery of our Common Humanity

“This book is about the liberation of the human heart from the tentacles of chaos and loneliness, and from those fears that provoke us to exclude and reject others.  It is a liberation that opens us up and leads us to the discovery of our common humanity.” These are the opening lines of Becoming Human,…
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I dislike discrimination. Truly. Intensely. Viscerally.

I dislike discrimination. Truly.  Intensely.  Viscerally. Age.  Disability.  Gender.  Nationality.  Race.  Religion.  Sexual orientation.  Social status.  I struggle with the many ways we humans tend to categorize others to keep them out or down or excluded.  When we view them as “less than”, not worthy of respect or common decency, or deserving of our scorn,…
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Time is How You Spend Your Love

So that she could more comfortably sleep, the cardiac intensive care room was darkened, and only those lights spilling in from the nurses’ station outside of it illuminated the room.   Yeah, and the glow from the multitude of monitors, measuring more vital signs than I could even begin to understand.  More than a dozen IV’s…
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I think I’ve heard that one before…

Listening & Deja Vu Deja Vu – a French term describing the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before; a feeling of familiarity (the feeling of having “already lived through” something); a feeling of recollection. Deja vu accurately describes how we were feeling when we met her last week. Still, our feelings…
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Our Top 10 Moments of 2018!

1. Hiring Abby Turner, Chief Listening Officer, who worked hard to create and publish a training resource endorsed by The Ken Blanchard Companies and led our training seminars in 2018 with several others already scheduled for 2019. Learn more about our compassionate listening training here. 2. We welcomed eight new members to STTIT’s support team:…
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For all of us

They rose as one. Under a beautifully decorated white tent on a nearly perfect early autumn evening, they rose in a warm standing ovation. They were liberal, moderate, and conservative. Republican, Democrat, and Independent. Evangelical, Catholic, mainline, and agnostic. African American and Caucasian, gay and straight. Millennials and those in their ninth decade. They had…
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Resisting the pull to rescue

We are thrilled to share this guest post from our friend Tamsin Hartley, who is doing incredible work in the UK through The Listening Space. Thank you, Tamsin! Most of us have a natural desire to help others. Seeing someone in distress makes us feel uncomfortable. It triggers our “righting reflex,” that innate desire to…
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Be an everyday radical

Our word ‘radical’ shared its origins with the word ‘radish’; both are concerned with roots and are often bitter. —James Dorsey Not many people would consider themselves radicals. Some would never want that label. While some radicals—Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., or even Jesus—receive high praise for their countercultural…
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