Have you ever felt like you’re just not being heard? You’ve entered into a conversation with another person and at some point during the interaction the other person seems disengaged. Maybe you’re simply getting the subtle head nod or the bland “mmm hmmm”. Whatever form it takes we all know it leaves you, the one talking, feeling unvalued.
Unfortunately, I have been guilty of not listening well. I have done with my wife, my kids, and my friends. As a leader I am ashamed to admit it, but it’s the truth. Thankfully Jim Putnam wrote a helpful article on intentional listening.
If you are a leader, and we all are to some degree, we must value those we lead and interact with. We need to know how to listen well, to listen with purpose. For help in doing so check out “These 4 Levels of Intentional Listening“.
Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!