This Sunday, May 5, I’ll be on a live webinar with my friend Scott Perry, awesome host and coach of the Creative on Purpose platform. I’ll be talking about how we coach people to connect to their power to communicate, and we’ll also have some time for questions.
Scott has generously opened up this call for anyone who’d like to join. It’ll be about 30 minutes altogether, 11 – 11:30 Eastern, this Sunday, May 5!
Please join us. It would be a blast to have you there! You can register here.
I was speaking with a good friend of mine recently, a man who has thought a lot about faith and action. He spoke about how, in this culture, we place a lot of emphasis on “the word.” We celebrate speakers and are inspired by words and talk, but, in his view, the real transformation happens when we combine word with deed and community.
I mulled this over. I am someone who thinks about words a lot. And I started to see a relationship between intention and this idea of combining word and deed.
When we speak from a place of intention, it is meaningful because it is linked to action. As listeners, we are moved because we feel like moving—we want to change something in our lives to match the action and motivation we feel from the person we heard speaking. We don’t respond just with our minds, we respond with our bodies. Our hearts may race, maybe we feel nervous energy in our feet or legs. We want to leap into action!
Have you ever been in a boring meeting and realized, “Oh, I have no idea what that person is talking about. I better really listen!” And then you start listening, but then you realize you’re thinking about listening and still haven’t heard anything? Yeah.
Instead, clear your mind. Remember why you’re in this meeting. Lean into your empathy and compassion.
Then try listening again.