Workshop Insights About Listening

Today in Camden, NJ 200 we talked about how important it is to listen!

  • One group talked about patience.
  • Another shared that listening to someone and giving them your attention is a gift.
  • Some said that body and facial expressions convey listening.
  • Rather than deciding what the person is going to say next, it helps to really listen and allow yourself to be surprised by what the person says.

The quotes that we used to inspire our discussion included:

Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand. Sue Patton Thoele

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. Fran Lebowitz

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.  Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R. Covey

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. M. Scott Peck

THANKS CAMDEN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS FOR A TERRIFIC PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY!