Do not listen to reply, listen to understand

“Do not listen to reply, listen to understand”

— Maxims And Truisms


  • If you are busy formulating your own response in your head, you cannot possibly be fully hearing or understanding what the person is saying. You are more likely to make mistaken assumptions about what they are trying to say, which makes your arguments weaker and less relevant. If you had listened to understand first, then you would know how to more appropriately and powerfully respond.

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