All That Fuss About Being A Good Listener

You are just the garbage can for those who can’t stop talking

Claudia Brose
4 min readFeb 8, 2023
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What is this thing about listening? Why do I really need to pay attention to what the other person is saying and trying to convey to me? What’s in it for me?

As leaders and positive difference-makers, one of our biggest challenges, we must turn into an opportunity is to get individuals to listen and pay attention”, says Coach George Raveling.

You know those conversations that just suck? The conversation partner is only interested in unloading his garbage on you, sucking up your time and wasting your energy. That’s how it feels.

A one-way street in which your role is to replace the wall at the end of the street, so it doesn’t look so stupid for the other party to talk to a wall. These are the situations where you want to remove yourself from the conversation, with kindness and determination, just as you would remove a tick from your skin, carefully twisting it and slowly pulling out, without offending anybody.

Pretending And Using The Down Time

Here is an idea what to do instead. Perhaps you are one of those friendly listeners who think that you get more out of your attention span (which is limited, to begin with) and save…



Claudia Brose

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