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Tooting Our Horn

~ Marian was invited by the Global Gaming Women (GGW) organization to present a session on listening at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas September 25. GGW is an organization that was established by the American Gaming Association and supports the development and success of women in the international gaming industry through education, mentorship and networking opportunities. Marian's talk will be, "Effective Communication: Become a Better Listener."

~ We are pleased to announce Marian’s upcoming participation in a Listening Symposium Sept. 15-17, 2013 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri (based at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri). The symposium is a gathering of a small, select group of leaders from many professions, including lawyers, police, clergy, therapists, social workers, educators, nurses, sociologists and more, to work together for two days to explore the purposes, practices and power of listening in society, and to learn from each other.

The hope is to tease out the best practices used in each participants’ worlds. How does the cop discern between truth and lie? How does the journalist probe but not judge? How does the therapist work through pain without undermining trust? We will be challenged to practice what we preach: to really listen to one another, even - or especially - when we disagree.

The sessions will be guided in part by Butch Ward, former managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and now on the faculty at the Poynter Institute, a school for professional journalists.

~ Marian is a contributor to a new eBook just released by Bill Corbett, author, keynote speaker and parenting expert, entitled, “Speakers’ Worst Nightmares.” It is a compilation of 41 stories from individuals with varying degrees of speaking experience. All of the stories, many of them quite humorous, were important lessons for the individuals as they developed their speaking skills. Bill just released his new book, “From the Soapbox to the Stage: How to use Your Passion to Start a Speaking Business.”

~ Take a look at this interesting article published online March 27, 2013 at The Glass Hammer under the title: “What to Do If Your Flex Work Arrangement Gets Axed” by Robin Madell (http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2013/03/27/what-to-do-if-your-flex-work-program-gets-axed/ ). It features Marian's comments with some timely, supportive advice with steps to take should you be faced with a similar circumstance.

~ We here at Listening Impact recently learned that Marian has one of the top 10% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012. (Copy and paste this link to view our LinkedIn profile ~ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/profile/0/167/506)

Yes, we are proud of this accomplishment. Primarily, though, we are inspired by your commitment to professional growth and honored by your friendship and confidence in our coaching, communication and listening skills.

Listening Impact Blog

So many people, no matter where in an organizational hierarchy, are described as being poor listeners. What's strange is how little is done to improve their listening effectiveness.

This blog, dedicated to listening, shares learning, observations, research, and notes from the field.

Individual and Collective Listening Intelligence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

On a low-tide walk on the North Island of New Zealand I saw a beautiful whelk shell. I picked it up, looked at the pattern and colors, and waxed ecstatic about it. Within inches I came upon another shell, different from the first, also a whelk, interesting in its own way, and still commanding my attention. As I moved towards shoreline, there were piles and piles of shells, some clams, some mussels, and some whelks. No two seemed to be exactly alike, but it became difficult to distinguish one from another. Eventually, there were so many shells, mostly covered in seaweed that I trod on them without even looking at what was beneath.

The longer I walked, the more I saw the experience as a metaphor for how listening intelligence is viewed. Come to the blog to read my observations and share your own.

How Do I Manage Me in This Context?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

During a thought provoking conversation yesterday with Vivien Price, a long time colleague and friend, she posed a great listening question to ponder for clients who are in transitional situations: “How do I handle me in this context?”

Individuals bring their unique listening profile to every situation, and tend to pay attention to or ignore the same people, ideas, and issues. But what happens when the situation or context shifts so radically that the well-honed profile no longer fits?

How Do You See?

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

It seems wise people have been thinking for a long time about how we project our habits and preferences onto others when they said:

“We don’t see things the way they are, we see things the way we are.”

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