Sunday, September 30, 2018

Listen Up

Conversations are transactions. Are you holding up your end?

When someone tells you a story, they are taking a risk. Will it pay off? How will you greet or receive their words? Will it be valued? Will they be valued?

If you are constantly meeting stories with disdain and boredom, people will stop engaging in meaningful conversation with you. Sometimes this may require you to embellish the value of the story, to encourage rather than extinguish. Often, this requires you to practice humility and realize that you don’t know everything.

Create an environment where stories can be told.

No comments: