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Do you know when to shut up?

August 17, 2016
Do you have that problem, when you speak you let your mouth run in the most inappropriate of situations? Do you find it hard to filter your thoughts and they just come out of your mouth or maybe you just have a need to be the centre of attention and be listened to? Can you be honest with yourself, do you have any of these behaviours?
Sometimes this behaviour can also be involuntary? We can get nervous or we are accustomed to it always being about us. But do you know when to shut up and listen. Active listening is a really important part of relationship building, its about knowing and watching your behaviour and knowing when to shut up and listen to others.
When you are with others do you listen while at the same time formulating your response of maybe even interrupting others? So many of us do this without even realising! We jump straight in and make the story or situation about us, we just don’t shut up! Instead it’s kinder, and more balanced to actively listen. Intently listen to the details and hold the space for others to have their thoughts and ideas heard. Make people feel important, listen without the need to comment or have anything to say, really actively listen to others. In return you will notice that you retain more, you have a greater connection and also facilitate a shift to take that relationship to a deeper level.
So this week, watch yourself and your behaviour and remind yourself to shut up and listen, it’s essential for balanced and reciprocal relationships.
Nicole

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