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Active Listening

In the Interest of Listening

Graeme Blackman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Graeme Blackman

The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.

Four Ways to Amp Up Your Emotional Intelligence Today

Anne Loehr | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

You can improve your EQ by practicing active listening, empathy, responding rather than reacting and listening to your body. But it's important to remember that developing Emotional Intelligence is a lifelong practice, and there is always room for improvement.

Why Emotional Intelligence Affects the Bottom Line

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

There are five parts of communication -- what's said, what's not said, words, tone of voice, and body language. Active listening is the process of fully attending to all parts of someone's communication.

Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: What Mother's Day Brunch Can Teach Us About Teamwork

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

Today, I'd like you to join me at brunch, my favorite meal. Before you start salivating over the idea of a Croque Monsieur, I should tell you that you'll be joining me in the kitchen. Not just any kitchen--the kitchen of a busy restaurant.

I Can't Hear You -- You're Yelling Too Loud

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

Many people hold an erroneous belief: If I yell at you, then you will hear me. This, of course, often is not the case. In fact, most people shut down and stop listening when they are being yelled at.

Secrets of a Successful Divorce Mediation

Alison Patton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Alison Patton

Sometimes spouses still can't hear or relate to one another's perspective, even after mediation, but as long as the mediator listens and can honor each spouse's feelings, that can be enough to get the parties to a resolution.

Nothing Is Something to Do

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Cathy Fink

Try listening to an entire album of music, with whatever gizmo you listen through. Just focusing entirely on the music and doing nothing else -- not looking at your phone, email, texts, Instragrams, tweets, the dust on your floor, the hole in your shoe.

Listening for Yellow

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers,...

Listen Like You Mean It

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Active, conscious, wholehearted listening isn't easy. It demands patience, compassion, sustained concentration, and a willingness to set aside ego, but committing to this level of listening opens the floodgates for powerful communication.

Everybody's Talking But Is Anyone Listening?

Ellen G. Goldman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen G. Goldman

Quiet your inner voice and truly focus on what the other person is saying.  Rather than think about what you will say next or how you will respond, really listen to the words and meaning of the person you are speaking with.

The 9 DO NOTs of Active Listening

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Listening to one another takes skills that some of us haven't picked up along the way. (Probably, because we weren't listening. Vicious cycle!) Thus, causing misunderstandings, disagreements, frustration, irritation, disputes and discord.

This School Year, I Will Be Mostly Listening

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

When I learned how to really listen, I gave my children the gift of acceptance, regardless of the emotion it was they were feeling.

Lindsay Holmes

9 Things Good Listeners Do Differently

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Despite being taught the importance of listening from a young age -- think about how many teachers have asked you to "put your listening ears on" -- t...

Listen Well - It's an Active Exercise!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

In her book My Life in Leadership, Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts, CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, and one of t...

Mindful Listening to Enhance Leadership Performance

Aldo Civico | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aldo Civico

Mindful and empathic listening can be learned. To master these skills one can take advantage of every day interactions. As my experience with paramilitary commander Mauricio shows, focus, awareness and presence quite your mind when one is hostage of negative emotions.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

I Dropped My Child Off at His New Classroom. Now What Should I Do?

Diana Grycan | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

In the midst of these new beginnings parents are naturally anxious for reassurance that their child will be happy. Often their anxiety causes inappropriate behavior as they approach the teacher. This blog is to help you, the parent, get off to a good start with the teacher.

How Do People Listen?

James Ehnes | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
James Ehnes

As for what is "best," passive or active listening, that is entirely up to the individual. While I prefer to be actively engaged when listening to music, music plays very different roles in the lives of different people.

How Music Can Be Medicine

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Whether we using music as a source of joy and inspiration, a medicine for healing deep wounds, a therapy for physical rehabilitation, or a lifeline for surviving trauma and loss, music is undeniably one of mankind's greatest healing modalities.

Jam On! The Many Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

I find playing music to be one of my strongest personal therapies, not only from the state of being I can achieve while playing, but also from the energetic balancing and mood-enhancing effect on my mind, body and spirit throughout the day.

Music: A Mega-Vitamin For Your Brain

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Your personal playlist can become your personal toolkit for optimizing your mental and emotional state whenever you need it.

3 Ways To Ensure Your Spouse Doesn't Stray

Melissa Chapman | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

All those other transgressions seem to pale in comparison (yes EVEN the "you are your mother" comment) to stepping outside our marriage, our union, the lives we've built, the unit we've created as a couple and sharing himself in the most intimate way with another person.

Not Getting Lost in the Poly Shuffle

Amy Shiner | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Amy Shiner

Communicating needs in a poly relationship is sometimes difficult. Being poly and kinky makes it all that more difficult.

2 Steps That Will Make Your Marriage Stronger

Harriet Lerner | Posted 05.13.2012 | Weddings
Harriet Lerner

We naturally become defensive when our spouse begins to criticize us. We listen to refute or correct the inaccuracies, distortions and exaggerations that are inevitably there. The challenge is to listen only to understand.

What Is Literacy?

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.21.2012 | Good News
Pam Allyn

As we get closer to the celebration of World Read Aloud Day on March 7, I want to take a moment to share why I think this is such an important day.