Did you hear what I said?
How often did you say this to your spouse or your teenager this week?
It can be frustrating when you wonder if your boss heard you.
Or did they know you were talking but they didn’t pay attention to your message?
We all know what it’s like to not feel heard.
Partly this can be a result of our tech-driven distraction and sometimes it can simply be a habit that we’ve fallen into.
I love this quote from Oprah. She used it as a guiding principle in each of her interviews:
She knew that in their heart each guest wanted to know:
Did you hear me?
Did you see me?
Did what I say matter to you?
Her responsibility was to make sure that happened during each interview and when it did her guest could shine and her audience would benefit.
Every one of us wants to feel seen and heard.
It’s one of the ways we know we matter.
Recently, I was a guest on a new podcast, Leadership Simplified hosted by my friend Rhonda Delaney.
We had a great conversation about the power of listening.
It seems so simple and yet, it’s not always easy to be a good listener
We’re used to talking and only letting the other person respond long enough so we can figure out what it is we want to say. Many times, we don’t even hear what they’re saying in the rush to get the words out of our head.
In this episode, I give you 3 actionable steps to improve your listening skills. You can take them and put them into practice today.
Every relationship will be improved with this skill. Because when people feel heard, they thrive.
You can listen to this episode here: Leadership Simplified Episode 4: The Power of Listening
I hope you listen and enjoy it.
Have a great day,