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.