The Listening Gap Between Sight and Sound

Written by Catherine Franz

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What brings sight and sound together? Meaning and definition becomes only throughout our growing years. When a parent points to something moving inrepparttar air and calls it a butterfly or a plane. When we sat in class and see pictures ofrepparttar 107987 Eiffel Tower or a bullfight in Spain. There was no sound. All we could do was imagine, place assumptions on what sound could be, would be. And wonder if there will be a time when we will be there, when we will hear. And be able to match a picture of an eagle with one actually flying above.

We see a picture of a beautiful women, you know,repparttar 107988 perfect 10, in some magazine. You wish to be like her or to want her. Then one day you meet her inrepparttar 107989 street and hear her voice. It squeaks as if you were stroking chalk backwards across a blackboard. You can't wait to run and hide. The disconnect,repparttar 107990 gap, was there. But gosh darn it, she’s a 10, you say. In a split second from sight to sound,repparttar 107991 desire to be like her to have her dropped, it wasn'trepparttar 107992 same.

It is said, "seeing is believing," is thatrepparttar 107993 truth? How many of us know that isn't alwaysrepparttar 107994 truth, yet we've heard it so frequently there are assumptions tied to it that makes its seem likerepparttar 107995 truth. How many assumptions have you made because of things you've seen and hear, made betweenrepparttar 107996 gap, betweenrepparttar 107997 speed of sight andrepparttar 107998 slower hearing?

What would change in your daily routine if you began really hearing, slowing down to 1,100 feet per second? What would you loose? What would you gain? Wouldrepparttar 107999 gain be positive? All thoughts to think about, to mull over in our simple yet complicated little minds.

I encourage you to shift a little in your life and begin to give equal value to hearing if you can. To listening torepparttar 108000 universal sounds, to what is far belowrepparttar 108001 speed of light. Light that gives yourepparttar 108002 ability to see. But to begin to see with your ears.

"Its not what you say but how you say it," is a phrase frequently told. Is itrepparttar 108003 truth? Or isrepparttar 108004 real truth how everyone else hears it that makes a difference?

The truth is thatrepparttar 108005 gap can never be brought together. All our senses are on different parts of our rainbow. Don't loose sight of hearing. Practice differently today and tomorrow. Lie in bed and hearrepparttar 108006 walls. Hearrepparttar 108007 breeze whenever outdoors. Hearrepparttar 108008 plants grow. Yes, you can once you learn to hear again. Hear your heart beating and watchrepparttar 108009 cravings for things you know you shouldn't have go bye. Learn discernment betweenrepparttar 108010 two. Close your eyes inrepparttar 108011 next meeting, what do you hear? What do you not?

As Shakespeare once said, "That isrepparttar 108012 question?" This is from me to you and for fuel for thought. Just so you grow.

Catherine Franz, a Business Coach, specialized in writing, marketing and product development. Newsletters and additional articles: blog:

Look 'Em in the Eyes: The Real Power of Eye Contact

Written by Debbie Bailey

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Want more proof aboutrepparttar power of eye contact? Try using your eye contact to make someone speak. Look someone directly inrepparttar 107986 eyes and sit silently, saying nothing. Then just wait (it is hard to do, but be patient). The individual you are looking at will be compelled to speak. Behold,repparttar 107987 POWER of eye contact!

Conversely, if you have a heckler inrepparttar 107988 audience, you need to use a different visual tactic. Hecklers- defined as those who want only to embarrass or annoy-almost always sit inrepparttar 107989 back ofrepparttar 107990 room, where you have difficulty seeing them. Hecklers want to remain anonymous, that's why you need to use your eye contact to single them out. With your eyes, say, "I know who you are and I see what you're doing." Sometimes, I even walk closer to them while looking at them-it absolutely unnerves them. Then, once you've established that you see them-- NEVER look at them again. All exceptrepparttar 107991 most persistent hecklers will getrepparttar 107992 message.

If eye contact isrepparttar 107993 most powerful nonverbal communicator, why do many presenters waste precious eye contact looking at their slides? Presenters watch their slides (instead of their audience) as if at any moment, their slides might change into something new and exciting--"I've got to keep my eyes on them because you never know what they will do." Avoidrepparttar 107994 tendency to look at your slides. Instead, focusrepparttar 107995 power of your eye contact on that which may really surprise you-your audience.

For much more about these and other Presentation Secrets, check outrepparttar 107996 book "15 Presentation Secrets: How to WOW Evenrepparttar 107997 Toughest Audience," by Debbie Bailey available at

Debbie Bailey is author of the book "15 Presentation Secrets - How to WOW Even the Toughest Audience." She is well known in the industry for her life changing presentation skills classes. Debbie possesses a Masters Degree in Professional Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication.

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