My dog is a great listener.  Now granted, he is deaf – but I think all dogs are great listeners by nature.

A great listener is non judgmental;  a great listener does not criticize.  A great listener does not take what you say personally.  They are able to maintain a level of detachment while you talk.  A great listener is quiet and does not tell you what you “should” or “should not” be doing.  A good listener is a confidential listener.  They keep what you tell them to themselves.

When was the last time you felt truly heard?  Without judgment or criticism?  It is a really big deal to feel listened to and accepted.

We can help others be good listeners by showing them how to do it.  We can be a great listener and make a big difference for someone we care about.

Are you a great listener?


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