Why is it so hard to find a good listener?
Here’s another question… When was the last time anyone said to you, “Thanks for taking the time to listen?”
Has it been awhile?
Without further ado, allow me to share a few of the many great listening quotes that are out there.
If you have a favorite listening quote, please don’t to hesitate to send it to me.
I can always get better at this thing called listening!
The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. — Ralph Nichols
Effective listeners remember that “words have no meaning – people have meaning.” The assignment of meaning to a term is an internal process; meaning comes from inside us. And although our experiences, knowledge and attitudes differ, we often misinterpret each other’s messages while under the illusion that a common understanding has been achieved. — Larry Barker
Our first responsibility as effective listeners is to understand ourselves as communicators. Just as the sources of the communication message shout are trained in self-intrapersonal communication, so, too, should listeners know themselves? — Carolyn Coakley
Every person in this life has something to teach me — and as soon as I accept that, I open myself to truly listening. — Catherine Doucette
We listen in order to learn and retain information. If we are speaking, we are not listening or learning anything to add to our sum of knowledge. This is why the first step to effective listening is to stop talking! — Ken Fracaro
Listening effectively to others can be the most fundamental and powerful communication tool of all. When someone is willing to stop talking or thinking and begin truly listening to others, all of their interactions become easier, and communication problems are all but eliminated. — Ken Johnson
The contrast between hearing and really listening can be as different as night and day. And in a business environment, not listening effectively to customers, employees, and peers can mean the difference between success and failure. — Ken Johnson
Listening well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. — John Marshall
When making personal decisions, listen to what your head says; then listen to what your heart says. If they differ, follow your heart! Whenever you listen to your heart, you listen to that part of you that is most interested in your well-being. — Anonymous
This is a time to give the gift of listening. There are an unknowable but very large number of folks who could really be helped with our listening to them. I know your hearts are all very warm and giving. Please, take time to listen to those around you. — Richard D. Halley
My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully and yell for help if you need it. — Judy Blume
I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying. — Charles C. Finn
History repeats itself because no one listens the first time. — Anonymous
A vocal competition in which the one who is catching his breath is called the listener. — Anonymous
The older I grow the more I listen to people who don’t talk much. — Germain G. Glien
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. — Humphrey Hubert
One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening. — Franklin P. Jones
Just because I didn’t do what you told me, doesn’t mean I wasn’t listening to you! — Hank Ketcham
The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. — Fran Lebowitz
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens and then everybody disagrees. — Will Rogers
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening. — Dorothy Sarnoff
A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat. — Katharine Whitehorn
It seems that we shall eventually come to believe that the responsibility for effective oral communication must be equally shared by speakers and listeners. When this transpires, we shall have taken a long stride toward greater economy in learning, accelerated personal growth, and significantly deepened human understanding. — Ralph Nichols
Talk less–you will automatically learn more, hear more, see more–and make fewer blunders. — Mark McCormack
You talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, and you often learn something. — Jared Sparks