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Sheila Griffin, RN

The Art of Listening

This article is not based on scientific fact, studies, or published papers (that I know of). It is just based on observations I have made over time.

We are all more in a hurry than ever. We have places to go, things to do, people to see. We are bombarded by media in all forms. We text instead of speaking with a person on the phone or we email instead of engaging with the person we are trying to reach. Texting and emails have their places but sometimes it is just better to talk with someone.

I have noticed for quite awhile that in conveying information to someone, that people rarely allow the other person to finish their thought or sentence without interrupting. I believe something is missed when that happens. Sometimes the crux of the message is at the end. When interruption takes place, the importance is missed. Interrupting someone is one of my biggest pet peeves, but I also am aware that I am guilty of it as well.

When we interrupt, we tell the person who is speaking that what they have to say is not as important as what we have to say and perhaps they are not as important as we are. We are all entitled to be heard and respected. End of rant.

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