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The Listening Challenge – Rosie

Take this 4 Week Challenge to become a better listener. Pick a few people you regularly speak with and start the first week by trying to talk about 20% less than you normally would. In the second week, start asking some basic questions to encourage your chosen audience to talk more. In the 3rd week, deepen the conversation by asking deep questions. During the 4th and final week, start trying to steer the conversation in different directions. I bet the conversation partners won’t even notice.

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9 thoughts on “The Listening Challenge – Rosie”

  1. I liked this video especially because we are doing this in class right now. I can tell that everyone responds to it differently depending on their personality and yours as well. Remaining quiet has been hard but it’s been nice getting to know my friends on a deeper level.

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  2. I have really enjoyed doing this “challenge”. I definitely realized that I tend to stop fully listening to someone once I found a story I can relate back to the other persons story. As the weeks progressed, it became a lot easier for me to step back and fully pay attention and let the person finish what they were saying.

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  3. By doing this project in class, I have found myself using my phone a lot less. In fact, I actually hate taking my phone out when I’m with friends or family. I have found that conversations are way more interesting and in depth when I give someone my full attention.

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  4. Listening has become a major problem due to technological advancements that have been made. We, as a society, do not have the attention span to listen to someone talking without checking our texts, social media, or our email. Distractions are the major reason of why we struggle to listen to others. We need to make it a goal that when someone talks we give them our full attention instead of distracting ourselves.

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  5. I realized that people today don’t often listen to others fully. We are usually thinking about something else when someone is talking to us. Everyone wants to jump in with their own story or comment instead of hearing out their friend. Or during a conversation we pull out our phones and become distracted. Tuning out our friends who is speaking to us. People no longer have conversations with each other. Instead of hearing each other out they one up the other person with a personal story about something. People are much more interested in hearing their own voice rather then listening to a friend. People love hearing themselves talk and be heard.

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  6. Having done this very same project in class I can say with a firm belief that if you commit fully to this your relationships will be better off for it. People respond to compassion, and showing that you care about what someone has to say is a great way to show that compassion, and subsequently people respond positively towards that.

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  7. By doing this challenge, I have learned more about my friends and more about myself. I realized that I wasn’t as good at listening as I thought I was, and I would often interrupt people. I wasn’t really listening to what I was hearing, but this challenge has definitely helped me change that habit and has helped me become closer to my friends, as well.

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  8. In participating in this project, I have realized that many people aren’t actually listening while it may appear they are. Additionally, I noticed how much more rich a conversation can be if you don’t interrupt all the time. I hope to work on this skill and make it an actual part of my life.

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  9. This video was helpful for me and my conversations. I’ve noticed around campus many people who try to multitask by talking and texting. This video helped me realize that this is a harmful practice to relationships and friendships.

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