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Listening to Clients, Colleagues and the Holy Spirit

Jul 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Coaching Women
Listening to Clients, Colleagues and the Holy Spirit
Is there a difference in the way you listen to your clients and the way you listen to your colleagues, family or friends? How about the way you listen to God?  What is the best strategy to be the most effective listener? Is there more than one way of listening?  What is the distinction between listening and

Three coaches are walking down the street.  The first one says, “Windy, isn’t it?”  The second one says, “No, it’s Thursday!”  The third coach one says, “So am I.  Let’s go to Starbucks.”

Think of the best listener you know – someone you can talk to and who truly understands you.  What makes them a good listener?  What do they do that lets you know they are listening to you?

Consider the following definition for listening: understanding another person and doing so for his or her sake.  Accepting what is being said, without judgment. 

  • We listen at 125-250 wpm, think at 1000-3000 wpm
  • 75% of the time we are distracted, preoccupied or forgetful
  • 20% of the time, we remember what we hear
  • More than 35% of businesses think listening is a top skill for success
  • Less than 2% of people have had formal education with listening

Hearing vs. Listening

Do you think there is a difference between hearing and listening?  Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear.  If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens.  Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do.  Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences.  Listening leads to learning.

Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused.  Proverbs 18:13, New Century Version

Most people tend to be “hard of listening” rather than “hard of hearing.”

How is hearing different from listening?  Hearing is gaining information for oneself, while listening is caring for and being empathetic toward others.  Listening is about what is going on inside the other person.  Hearing is about what is going on inside of me.

Most of us have been gifted with the ability to hear.  When we move from hearing and refine it into the art of listening, we become effective coaches

Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.  Proverbs 18:15, The Message

Next post we’ll look at three ways of listening.  Until then, enjoy the results you create by refining the art of listening.






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