Today’s listening tip: Speaking gets you attention. Listening gives you power. Get powerful today. 6-17-15

So often we think that if we are controlling the conversation, that is to say that we’re the dominant voice, that we are controlling the information exchange. However, our strength truly lies in our ability to really hear what someone is saying to us; let them know that we heard them; and reap the benefits of being known as a trusted ear. Many people don’t feel heard on a daily basis…and often feel misunderstood if they are heard. You can be that honest listening broker simply by listening more than you speak; paying true attention to what is being said to you; and letting the people you listen to know that you heard them by how you respond to them. This is where true personal power lies — not to control others but to be known for your keen ability to get what others are saying.