Listening Techniques For More Effective Meetings, Part II

Written by V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D.

In Part I of this article, we discussedrepparttar importance of active listening, and how it is important for smooth and effective meetings. Inrepparttar 151019 process, we touched onrepparttar 151020 topic of reflective listening. Reflective listening is a valuable means of ensuring that we have properly understoodrepparttar 151021 speaker’s thoughts and feelings. Perhaps more importantly, it is also a great way to make that person feel that he has been listened to and appreciated.

How does reflective listening work? It’s really quite simple. Reflective listening means listening carefully to whatrepparttar 151022 speaker has to say, and then echoing that person’s ideas back to him, rephrased in your own words. For example, if a colleague presents a marketing idea at a meeting, you can reflect this idea back to him by saying, “Let me see if I’ve understood you correctly. You’re proposing that we dorepparttar 151023 following…” and then attempt to summarize his plan. Or, if a coworker expresses some reservations about a proposal, you could respond by asking, “So, if I understand your concerns, you’re saying that…” and then restate his ideas as best you can.

So what does this accomplish? First and foremost, it helps you verify that you’ve properly understood whatrepparttar 151024 other speaker said. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand how important this is. “But of course I understood!” they would say. “I’m a good listener!” What they fail to grasp is that good listeners don’t simply assume that their understanding is accurate and complete. Quiterepparttar 151025 contrary; an effective listener will seek to verify this whenever possible.

Second, it givesrepparttar 151026 speaker an opportunity to clarify points that he may have stated clumsily or inaccurately. Whether we like it or not, some people simply aren’t very good at communicating their ideasrepparttar 151027 first time around. Some people tend to ramble, for example. Others may neglect to mention some crucial points, especially when they’re speaking in an off-the-cuff manner. Still others may state allrepparttar 151028 necessary information, but without giving proper emphasis to all their nuances of meaning. By reflecting what we’ve understood back to them, we can give them opportunities to restate their ideas more accurately.

The Leadership Talk As A Living Hologram

Written by Brent Filson

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Summary: A growing number of research scientists are persuaded thatrepparttar 151019 universe is not made of separate things but on a deep level is a single entity. This view is calledrepparttar 151020 holographic paradigm. The author takes a page from this unique point of view by asserting thatrepparttar 151021 success of a leadership tool he has been teaching for 21 years is attributed torepparttar 151022 fact that it is indeed a hologram.

The Leadership Talk As A Living Hologram by Brent Filson

The hologram is a three-dimensional photograph made on a flat surface with laser beams.

The three-dimensionality of such an image is notrepparttar 151023 only remarkable characteristic of a hologram. If a hologram of your face is cut in half and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still containrepparttar 151024 entire image of your face.

Indeed, even ifrepparttar 151025 halves are divided again, each snippet of film will always be found to contain a smaller but intact version ofrepparttar 151026 original image of your face. If we try to take apart something constructed holographically, we will not getrepparttar 151027 pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes.

To some scientific researchers,repparttar 151028 hologram isrepparttar 151029 basis for a striking view of reality -- thatrepparttar 151030 entire universe is a superhologram. Everything fromrepparttar 151031 grains of sand beneath our feet torepparttar 151032 farthest star inrepparttar 151033 outermost regions of deep space, everything is interconnected as one.

This view has come to be calledrepparttar 151034 holographic paradigm, and though it is supported by findings of quantum physics and corroboratesrepparttar 151035 insights ofrepparttar 151036 ancient Rabbis ofrepparttar 151037 Kabbala,repparttar 151038 Buddha, Lao Tsu, Plato,repparttar 151039 Veda mystics, and many more prophets and spiritual traditions, many scientists have greeted it with skepticism.

Still, a small but growing group of researchers believe it may berepparttar 151040 most accurate model of reality science has arrived at thus far.

Ifrepparttar 151041 holographic paradigm is true, then each of us — including your best friend and your worst enemy — are all connected on a deeper level of reality. Consequently, our individual actions affect others, everywhere. The state ofrepparttar 151042 world,repparttar 151043 state ofrepparttar 151044 universe for that matter, is merelyrepparttar 151045 sum total ofrepparttar 151046 interactions of humanity.

Let's bringrepparttar 151047 holographic paradigm into our ordinary lives, our ordinary day-to-day jobs. Because if it doesn't work in our daily lives, it's nothing more than an interesting idea. In fact, it's inrepparttar 151048 very ordinariness of our moment-to-moment experiences thatrepparttar 151049 holographic paradigm finds its true manifestation.

That manifestation creates an entirely new way of understanding leadership and organizational success; for a key leadership tool that I've been teaching for many years is indeed a hologram. Notrepparttar 151050 static photo-image hologram but a living hologram of great complexity and energy.

That tool isrepparttar 151051 Leadership Talk.

There is a hierarchy of verbal persuasion,repparttar 151052 lowest levels of which are speeches and presentations,repparttar 151053 highest and most effective level isrepparttar 151054 Leadership Talk. Speeches and presentations communication information, but Leadership Talks do something much more, they helprepparttar 151055 leader establish deep, human emotional interactions withrepparttar 151056 audience -- so vital in motivating people to get results.

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