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elizabeth-rosner's picture
Dec.26.2009
  Let's start with a quick inventory:  Can you remember the last time you looked into the eyes of a stranger?  Not for romantic reasons but just to make a human connection, however momentary.  Think elevators.  Think long lines of women waiting to use the restroom at a concert.  Okay, what...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Sep.17.2009
I can tell that school is back in session because I'm not reading a novel. I'm reading Newsweek, O, The New Yorker, and the Sunday newspaper. I'm reading small things that float across my desk--mail, advertisements, and bills. I'm reading student work, essays and short stories. I'm gearing up...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Aug.11.2009
It is unlike me to think of anything in a scientific way, I am not that kind of person, I don't measure or mete things out, they just happen. So, when I related an experience that I had this moring to hubby over dinner he said, oh, you just experienced the Elements of Language, I'll show you, I...
dave-kahle's picture
May.12.2009
I just came across some research that confirmed what many of us in the profession of educating salespeople have known for years: That purchasers would be "much more likely" to buy from a salesperson if that salesperson would just "listen" to the customer. (1)The survey found...
kellyann-f-zuzulo's picture
Feb.19.2009
Miserable people don’t want to be that way.  Generally, there’s something going on that’s making them miserable.  That’s something my Mom used to say.  Then she’d prove it, time and again.  A churlish cashier didn’t have a chance.   “You probably don’t mean to be, but you’re not being very nice,”...
lina-ru's picture
Oct.21.2008
When someone doesn't want to listen, do you need patient, does he, or do both? We tend to see things in our point of view, but... What would happen if we were to see others point of view, and decide to search for the points of unity in between those points of view, instead of polarizing? It is...
carolyn-north's picture
Feb.03.2008
This is momentous for me in a kind of small way, in that it's my first-ever blog. Normally, in a conversation, I wait to hear what the other(s) want to talk about, and then, maybe, I'll have my say. In fact, I'm a terrific listener and mostly quite interested to hear what 'you're' thinking about. I...