Do you listen well? How would you know? Really that is a judgement made by others. Listening is an act of generosity. This is a generosity that is not always evident.
Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
~ L. J. Isham
Following on from the previous post The value of effective questions, let’s now look at strategies for responding to questions. Questions and answers are like two partners dancing – it works if they are in sync with their push and pull interactions. This post focuses on ways to respond to questions effectively.
Effective questioning can help to unlock ideas and create value for organisations. Some professions have specific training in this area – namely law, journalism and medicine. That doesn’t mean the rest of us cannot learn these skills. Read on to find out how.
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
~ Lloyd Alexander
Are there some things you find yourself avoiding? A task? A difficult conversation? A paper you need to write? A project you aren’t sure how to tackle? Sometimes these things can significantly affect your productivity. You may be a generally productive person but something you keep avoiding can become your stumbling block. There is a way to understand this and to conquer it.
Consider any day lost on which you have not danced at least once.
You have a deadline and you are under the pump with other things to do as well. Yet, you are watching YouTube videos of crazy kittens. Perhaps there is house work that you find yourself doing, despite the fact that you usually hate it. Maybe you find yourself scrolling through Facebook endlessly. You are procrastinating – avoiding the task at hand. But why?