Learning to Listen Better & Asking Better Questions

Source: Farnham Street, Jan 2017

Generous listening is powered by curiosity, a virtue we can invite and nurture in ourselves to render it instinctive.

It involves a kind of vulnerability— a willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity. The listener wants to understand the humanity behind the words of the other, and patiently summons one’s own best self and one’s own best words and questions.

Of the many reasons we would want to engage and renew our listening skills, asking better questions is near the top. … hard to resist a generous question. We all have it in us to formulate questions that invite honesty, dignity, and revelation. There is something redemptive and life-giving about asking a better question.

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