Being Mindful of Your Audience: Listening vs. Hearing

Hearing and listening are two different states of mind and two different states of being. One is passive while the other is active, one is distracted while the other is focused, and one is inconsiderate while the other considers every nuanced word, action, and deed. Being mindful of others requires being in the moment, and being in the moment requires more than hearing words in our ears – it requires listening that penetrates the whole mind.

In this meeting, Darnell focuses the table topic questions upon the power of listening, Shania considers the devastation caused by listening to the wrong voices, and Patrick discusses how to use stories in impromptu speeches to empower the speaker to be mindful in the moment while perking the audience's ears and enticing them to listen.

Table Topics

Table Topics Introduction

– Darnell B.

You have been given two ears and one mouth for a very important reason.  (What is that reason?)

– Raja R.

Tell me about a time that you did not listen and what was the impact?

– Tishawna C.

You are a motivational speaker, and you have been tasked with the responsibility to motivate, encourage, and inspire a sales team to go out and listen to their clients.

– Jerome A.

Tell about a time when you successfully read someone – their body language, demeanor, etc. – and what was the outcome?

– Yuan H.

Explain how you show an individual or an audience that you are paying attention when you are talking to him, her, or them.

– Richard J.

Speech & Evaluations

Death of Purpose by Comparison

– Shania M.


– Tishawna C.

The Dark Path of Impromptu – One Word at a Time

– Patrick A.


– Ben A.