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Really Listening or Just Lurking?

“If you are more interested in catching someone in what they say, instead of catching what someone says, congratulations! You are ‘pretending to be righteous’ and are exactly like the Pharisees,” wrote my friend and preaching colleague Perry Hall in a facebook post.

Perry cited a passage from Luke 20:20 that describes the motive of the religious leaders this way. “They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch him in what he said.” Continue reading

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Five Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills


“Listening requires more than opening your ears.”   This observation is from Bernard Ferrari’s book, “Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All.”

I haven’t read Ferrari’s book but saw this quote in a review while glancing through the Spirit Magazine on a Southwest flight between Tampa and Kansas City. The article appeared on their  “Life Apps Conversationator” page.

“Ferrari proffers advice on smart conversation habits. Here are five to try.” Show Respect. Listen to everyone. Be quiet. Understand emotions. Ask questions. This brief overview shares some examples on how to be an effective listener in business settings using those techniques. Continue reading


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Hear Ye!

I am writing this post at 30,000′ on a Southwest Jet between Tampa and Kansas City.  Upon take off I was glancing through the Spirit Magazine and saw an interesting article on their “Life Apps Conversationator” page.  The opening line was “Listening requires more than opening your ears.”  The article was highlighting a book by Bernard Ferrari entitled “Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical business Skill of All.”  Continue reading


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