The Magic of Hearing

I知 working on a coach training certification, and one of the 菟roficiencies I知 expected to have mastered is 兎ngages in provocative conversations. Now, that really got me thinking. What痴 a provocative conversation?

Well, the word 菟rovocative means that the conversation provokes something揺opefully a reaction from the client which helps take them to another level. The ideal response to the provocation is for the client to realize something they didn稚 know or find a solution they didn稚 have before the call.

When I think about what is required to reach that provocation, I see that the first thing is not just that I知 listening悠知 always listening. The first thing is that I知 HEARING what the client has to say. Because if I知 listening with one ear but thinking about my response with the other ear, so to speak, I知 not hearing, and if I知 not hearing, I知 not responding to my client, I知 reacting.

You can greatly increase the value of your conversations with clients, friends, family and probably even your dog by truly hearing what they池e saying欄I need your help with this. I知 not doing very well today. I知 hungry.迫that last being the dog.

Your coaching assignment for this week is to think very deeply about how you can hear more and just listen less預nd then implement those thoughts into your daily life starting tomorrow. Think tonight, hear in the morning.

If you have any questions or comments about the magic of hearing, please feel free to drop me a line at I always want to talk to people who致e read my articles and discuss what you致e gotten from my writing.

Angie Dixon helps small business owners get their acts together. She is a personal development coach specializing in helping people integrate their home and work lives so they feel less stretched and more balanced. Get her FREE EBOOK on balance at For questions or to discover how coaching can change your life, contact Angie at

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