A Good Listener


Benefits Of Being A Good Listener

  • Listening builds Trust
  • Broadens your Perspective
  • Strengthens your Patience
  • Makes you Approachable

The art of effective listening requires focus, patience and the ability to be present in the mind and still at the moment. To demonstrate this point allow me to share with you the story about the farmer his watch and the little boy.

Once there was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch on the farm. It was not an ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching the hay for a long while, he gave up and called the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found his watch would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. The farmer looked at him and thought, "Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough."

So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while, the little boy came out with the watch in his hand. The farmer was happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”

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