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when we fail to listen, we fail to communicate

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words

— Roy T. Bennett,

Very true words. Often we listen from an adversarial position, not to learn but to counter, to pick holes and to pounce even on the insignificant flaw, all in our efforts to floor our supposed adversary, a position of folly if you ask me!

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Development and policy analyst with a strong interest in the arts and inclusive social change. Dabbles occasionally into poetry and literary criticism!

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