Our ears crave sound. In fact, “word of mouth” seems to be the noise most of us find most irresistible. We, humans, are frequently attracted to the prospect of any juicy, firsthand scoop that no one knows – yet. Some of us can hardly resist not answering a ringing phone before the second ring. On top of that, we always have juicy office gossip. Turning off the TV is difficult, especially if we unexpectedly glimpse a new movie we’ve been wanting to watch is coming on. Furthermore, for some strange reason, many of us seem to be addicted to finishing other people’s sentences.
Our ears are extremely fine-tuned instruments that can identify, perceive, and decode speech. The ears can do that (at least I can) even over the roar of noise in a restaurant or when a train goes by. Our brains automatically reconstruct words without us knowing it – yet the brain never fails to get the gist of what is being said.
That’s all fine and good, but the most important task is we need to embrace is conscious listening. Lots of folks are not very good at listening, simply because they are thinking about what they want to say next. After researching this subject of “not really listening”, I have found a solution for all of us. It’s an easy, yet compelling way to get people to listen more carefully to what you say.
Whisper . . .
people can’t resist “not knowing” what you said