Listen Before You Speak
Listen before you speak. This is a tip in speaking that I read in an old book. Makes as much sense today as it did when the book was first published over a century ago.
Too often, we speak too much and listen too little. It's like we have 2 mouths and 1 ear, not the other way round. We speak, speak, speak and don't listen, listen, listen. It's all about me, myself and I. Not about you, thou and the person to whom you are speaking.
My experience as a counselor and public speaking coach for several years has taught me that if I listen more and speak less I will be a lot more effective in the work that I do.
It's common sense for me to see that whenever I listen to my clients and students, I am much more effective. It's been noticed that whenever I speak less and listen more, I am able to perform much better at my work.
You can learn to speak more effectively with others by listening to our audio book series "500 Public Speaking Tips" on Osovo.com.
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