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If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.

Marge Piercy (1936- ), American poet & novelist

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Knowing when to keep your mouth shut is invariably more important than opening it at the right time.

Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), American publisher

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Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.

Jim Carrey (1962- ),Canadian-American actor as Joel Barish in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)

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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Peter Drucker (1909-2005), Austrian-American economist and author

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One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them.

Dean Rusk (1909-1994), former U.S. Secretary of State

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A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

Wilson Mizner (1876-1933), playwright and entrepreneur

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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer and humorist

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Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.

James 1:19

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The most valuable of all talents... that of never using two words where one will do.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third president of the U.S.

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It takes a speaker and a listener to have a conversation, so when it's your turn to speak, speak effectively to help your listener. Use as few words as necessary to get your point across.
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Factor in personality differences. Just because someone isn't looking at you (or is giving one-word answers, or not asking questions, etc.) doesn't necessarily mean he's not listening. He could be shy, or have trouble expressing himself.
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You want your eye contact to be steady, but not awkward. Avoid shifty, quick eye movements or lingering stares by maintaining a gaze long enough to notice the other person's eye color before looking away.
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Take into account regional speech, dialect and cultural differences. For example, the pace or speed at which someone speaks may differ by regions in a country, and in some Asian cultures children are taught to avoid direct eye contact with authority figures.
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Perception is reality - if people get the sense that they're not being heard, then they're not being heard. get the ebook

'Listen' and 'silent' have the exact same letters. Coincidence?
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