16 July 2014
Getting Better At Listening - part two
We should not jump to conclusions (Proverbs 18:13) - take time to listen. Many people are reluctant to open up and so therefore good listeners take their time to listen; they have bucket-loads of patience.
It's also vital to keep a confidence, no matter how difficult it may be (Proverbs 11:13). There are some "exceptional circumstances" - where criminal activity is involved, or when someone may be in danger.
Some people reveal deep emotions through what they tell you. And that's okay - as long as it's not just an excuse to subject you to a stream of abuse about someone else.
Talking is good - and listening is a good way to find a way forward. Often a practical solution will quickly present itself naturally in the course of the conversation, usually from the person seeking help.
More to follow ...