Tag: listening

Understanding is the Way Forward

The Someone To Tell It To Podcast SEASON 4: EPISODE 4 Understanding is the Way Forward with Tania Israel Professor, author, psychologist, and community collaborator, Dr. Tania Israel’s goal is to help promote understanding by developing greater connection to one another. Connection is the most important thing, she says. Our conversation with her explores how…
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…So We Can Hear Something New

The Someone To Tell It To Podcast SEASON 4: EPISODE 3 …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…
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You Sound Like A Broken Record

By all external factors, the evening was an Instagram-worthy snapshot.  There was a heart-stopping sunrise in the distance. Kids were playing our national pastime in front of us, their parents cheering them loudly while maintaining appropriate social distance. Sitting beside my wife, we watched one of our children’s countless sporting events this spring. In between…
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Why I Chose Listening over Counseling

When we describe our compassionate listening work, we often get the comment, “Oh, so it’s counseling;” we then reply “No, it’s not exactly counseling”. What exactly then is the difference between listening and counseling? The dictionary definition of counseling is “the provision of assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties,…
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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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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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The Old Man and The Sea

This blog post is a free chapter from our latest book, Someone To Tell It To: Moved With Compassion. If you’d like to read more stories like this one, you can purchase the entire book here. “Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us f
rom being able to fly… and if left…
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What listening can do for your business

Post by Abby Turner, Chief Listening Officer I cowered in the corner of the modern looking office of the head of the college music department. There were two walls of windows separating us from the hallway. Any other students or professors walking by could easily see that I was sobbing. “It’s your lucky day, Abby.…
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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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Just Wanting To Be Heard

Before we get started, let’s play a quick game of compare and contrast: Think about the life you thought you were going to have -the one you envisioned when you were a kid, a college student, a newlywed, or a first-time parent. Now think about the life you do have. Chances are good that the…
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