As we continue to explore our value of Respect this term, we are looking at the simple act of listening. Giving full attention to what someone is saying and really listening is an act of respect. Interrupting is akin to saying what I am speaking is more important than what you are speaking about.
However, it is not as easy as it sounds . When you are listening, quite often you are getting ready to speak yourself, coming up with something fitting to say, before even hearing fully what has been said. True listening requires patience and openness to new ideas. Also, encouraging others to speak can often be more flattering than compliments, and may actually lead to a closer more attuned relationship.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway