“The problem with listening is that it is so easy not to do. Listening is very hard work.” (Emma J. Justes)
Most of us believe that we are good listeners. In fact, few of us are, and many of us have little to no awareness, let alone control over our listening skills. It takes lifelong and constant practice to develop our listening skills.
In this workshop, I will give an introduction to the larger concept of Deep Listening, a skill that enables those who master it to focus on other persons while not losing themselves and their purpose in the conversation. It is based on a mixture of neuro-physiology and psychology with a dash of spirituality and philosophy. It helps us as change practitioners to grow our professional capacity and as human beings to mature.
After a short theoretical introduction, participants of this short workshop will practice fierceful listening by:
- Listen to self: learning to observe distractions, suspend assumptions and turn down inner voices
- Listen to others: increasing curiosity and search for other people’s purpose
- Search for alignment: finding the sweet spot that lies between both conversation partners.