The power of listening

As part of my effort to watch at least one TED Talk per day, I came upon a trash that revolved around communication:

How to speak so that people will listen by Julian Treasure.

Julian first talks about what not to do: lie, gossip, complain, judge, spew negativity, etc. This is more powerful than you may think. As a self-help enthusiast, I cannot overemphasize the importance off focus on what you shouldn’t do and less of what “best practices” you should do. In my experience, it’s easier to stop bad habits that are a part of your than doing new things.

I’ll forego summerizing the rest of the video and instead will drill down on this point. In professional settings, my experience has shown me that 70-90% of my colleagues complain about their job and responsibilities regularly. This habit spreads negativity like a virus, ruins everyone’s mood and doesn’t address the problem. Here is a suggestion for everyone: let’s put aside negative and focus on the positives.

Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, why aren’t we more thankful for access to clean drinking water, hot water, refrigeration, cars, etc.

What to stop: complaining and negativity

What to replace it with: write 5 things you are thankful for

Expect result: more energy and positivity for you and those around you

Thank you for your time 🙂

Hadi is Honours civil of engineering graduate with solid project management experience in the construction industry. Solutions-focused, results-oriented with strong business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Currently, he is working as an assistant site-superintendant with Darcon Inc. at one of Vaughan's biggest developments, Centro Square.

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