Saturday, June 24, 2006

Listening

We learn more when we listen than when we talk.

I wonder if the same is true of writing? We likely learn more by reading than when we write.

The only defense for writing is it does help solidify thought and pull together our various learnings. Organization helps learning. Writing helps organization.

Or perhaps I am just good at justifying...

3 Comments:

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Gerhard Peters said...

Jim,
Justifying is good....
I know that I talk a lot, perhaps too much. I haven't figured out who will do the talking if I don't. For someone to listen someone needs to talk....right? :-)
Ok I admit....I talk too much. Perhaps you should write something about your listening skills. I’ve been working on improving my listening skills. I read somewhere that it requires an immense skill to be a good listener.

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Steve Farber said...

There's never a need to justify writing! It gives you the opportunity to process and respond to the things you've read and heard. Reading and writing are two sides of the same (valuable) coin, and there are those that say (I among them) that you CAN'T write anything worth reading unless you've read.

I've just discovered your blog, Jim, and I'm excited to delve into it and catch up on your progress. All CEOs should follow your example.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Sue Richards said...

I heard this theory years ago.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Silence is worth hearing.

Applying this notion to writing (the old fashioned way) and reading, seems to favour our two eyes over our one hand.

Perhaps you need to consider if the writing is intended for an audience. Just like talking to ourselves, writing for the sake of processing with no audience certainly has value.

Sue

 

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