Tag: compassionate presence

Our Reflections

SEASON 4: EPISODE 1 | August 24, 2021 Our Reflections with Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden We are kicking off season four with a conversation between our co-founders, Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden. As Someone To Tell It To approaches it’s 10-year anniversary this coming January, Michael and Tom reflect on how the mission began,…
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…So We Can Hear Something New

SEASON 4: EPISODE 3 | September 21, 2021 …So We Can Hear Something New with John Noltner John Noltner set out on a road trip across the United States to rediscover the common humanity that connects us by asking people a simple question: “What does peace mean to you?” Traveling with the foundational belief that, “connection…listening…
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Craving Connection

SEASON 4: EPISODE 6 | November 3, 2021 Craving Connection with Jed and Sophia Lazar We play a game in this very special episode – during our conversation with Jed and Sophia Lazar, curators of the game COZY JUICY REAL. It was a lot of fun, but also serious and intimate, deep and vulnerable. That’s…
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The Presence of Listening

A guest post by Victoria Houser, PhD student at Clemson University. Like most people, I tend to think of myself as a rather well-rounded listener—supportive, engaging, silent when necessary. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who openly acknowledges that they are terrible at listening. We recognize listening as a powerful trait, one that…
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Did Anyone Care that He Was Alone?

Three years ago, a civic leader here in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told us that she believed if more people had “someone to tell it to” in their lives, very possibly there would be fewer acts of violence, fewer incidents of abuse, and fewer mass shootings across our land. Three years later, we are utterly saddened and…
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This Valentine’s Day give Someone the gift of being seen, heard & known

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share a story from our latest book about the transformational power of loving relationships. These meaningful connections remind us that what we do is never “just listening.” When we listen with compassion, we give someone a chance to feel seen, known, and heard—maybe for the…
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What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway?

There’s a question that’s been brewing ever since we introduced Abby Turner as our Chief Listening Officer last week. What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway? Ironically, the U.K. appointed their own Chief Listening Officer last week… they just gave the position a slightly different name: Minister for Loneliness. “We know that there is a…
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We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our team

Abby will be serving as the Chief Listening Officer at Someone To Tell It To. She will be primarily focused on setting up a training program to deepen a global movement of compassionate listening.   Abby has experienced the power of listening in her own life and has a beautiful story of how she came…
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Giving Tuesday

On January 4th my father was born to another world. He was taken to heaven. Deep sadness and emotional distress penetrated my heart. I experienced an unbearable pain in my soul… I wished I was only 2 years old when he died. At least, I would not have known the beauty of life or the…
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New Suits, Bow Ties and “Standing With” Our Friends

“Right after the new year began, my wife of 14 years shared that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue with our marriage. She informed me that she “needed space” to sort through her feelings. We had just experienced a season of many difficulties: my battle with cancer in 2011; my mom’s recent battle…
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