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Excerpt from Curiosity Seekers

One of the most iconic and lucrative series in television history is the Star Trek series. The original show with its now famous cast first aired in 1966. It featured stories of a crew of mostly human explorers encountering alien civilizations and their strange customs, and skillfully reflected our own values and problems in the process.

Characteristics of a really good listener

1) They care.
Their sincerity drives all their behavior. They don’t just make eye contact, they make heart contact.

2) They put your speaking, thinking, and feeling needs first.
They don’t steal your punchline or change the topic. They don’t tell you what to do. They don’t judge.

3) They’re curious and enjoy learning new perspectives.
This helps them improve.

To Listen

To listen

Is to allow someone to exhale as the tears roll down their face.
Is to hear the notes before they become a song.
Is to gently say, “Go on…”
Is to read someone’s message in a bottle.
Is to be soundtrack to someone’s movie.
Is to ask good story questions.
Is to be silent.
Is to put someone else’s speaking, thinking, feeling needs first.
Is to be human to someone else’s story.
Is to allow someone to be heard.


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