I’ve attended several meetings recently; most of which lasted way beyond the planned time period. Today’s was an exception though. We finished on the dot. Even more noteworthy, we were able to reach a resolution by the end of the meeting.
How did it happen? Simple. People listened more than they talked.
With the earlier meetings, almost everybody came prepared with their own speeches. Mouths were charged but ears were obviously drained and shut. It was frustrating. Same question gets asked over and over again; same issues get raised over and over again by DIFFERENT people. They were like pawns on a SORRY! board game that never hit home. I actually felt sorry for them. I wish I could play “voice of reason” but I was in no position to.
I believe people who refuse to listen to others are egotists—to put it bluntly. These people are convinced that no other opinions are worth hearing than theirs. It’s a pity actually. While they maybe right, they fail to see what they lose when they don’t listen.
For starters, having shorter meetings. Today’s meeting’s the perfect exhibit. I bet we all had time for other tasks after.
Second and very important is new learning. People who shut their ears also close their minds. I think close-minded people evolve either poorly or not at all.
Third is the opportunity to display not only aptitude but commendable attitude. A person who listens, shows regard/respect for others. From this, better and healthier relationships also follow.
Lastly, a stronger output from combined inputs. All four pawns will reach home!
Imagine the benefits if people only listened more…
Meanwhile, I’ll be hoping and praying for those who are yet to acquire this wonder skill. I’m positive God can change people 🙂
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” – James 1:19
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” – Proverbs 18:2