We all want to be heard, yet we often do not extend this same kindness. Truly listening to others increases the likelihood that they will return the favor, and this two-way listening creates mutual respect and rapport – an environment where both parties feel heard, valued and appreciated. With this in place, more is shared, there is greater understanding, and this allows assumptions and judgments to fall away. Learn to empty your mind while listening to others, absorb all they are sharing with you, and deepen your relationships by giving people the gift of your undivided attention.
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Author Marcus Straub
Marcus Straub is Founder and CEO of Life Is Great!™ (LIG) Coaching and Consulting, Inc. based in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Serving individuals of all ages and companies of all sizes, in locations across the country and around the world, Marcus specializes in the development of customized programs tailored to meet the unique goals of each individual client. Purposefully created to guide those involved toward unprecedented personal, professional, and organizational growth, Marcus has become well-known for his straightforward approach and systematic techniques.