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EP. 215 The Art of Active Listening

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Welcome to the Hope Rescue Podcast, where we are in a series navigating the complexities of communication and relationships through the lens of biblical wisdom. In this second installment of our series on challenging conversations, we delve into the importance of saying "tell me more" and the art of active listening.

Our anchor verse for this week, Philippians 2:3-4, underscores the biblical principle of humility and prioritizing the needs of others above our own. It reads: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." In a world inundated with noise, learning to actively listen is a crucial skill. Here are three steps to cultivate active listening:

1. Echo: Rather than waiting for a pause to interject our own thoughts, echo the speaker's words in our own understanding. This technique demonstrates our genuine interest in their perspective and fosters deeper connection.

2. Ask questions: Instead of immediately offering solutions or shifting the focus to ourselves, engage the speaker with thoughtful questions. By seeking clarification and inviting further elaboration, we honor their experiences and feelings.

3. Summarize: Conclude the conversation by summarizing the speaker's main points. This not only validates their contribution but also ensures mutual understanding and clarity.

Join us next week as we tackle another challenging phrase: "no." We'll explore the importance of setting boundaries and navigating difficult conversations with grace. Thank you for tuning in to the Hope Rescue Podcast!

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