Seek To Understand

June 5, 2020

Most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up. – Stephen R Covey

If you really want to understand people, you can’t assume they see things through the same lens you do, and you can’t solve their problem by trying to make them look through it too; you have to get a grasp of how they see things, and then tailor your approach accordingly.


I’m open to hearing what you have to say. I am here to listen and to understand your point of view.

We are one…


2 responses to “Seek To Understand”

  1. Roxanne Snell says:

    I have been trying to have better communication with others by not interrupting, being empathetic, watching body language, being self aware and watching my emotions, and listening to understand, rather than to respond. I am learning that listening to understand is critical in effective communication, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships. I can definitely see a big difference when I seek to understand someone, instead of listening to respond.

  2. Denise Carter says:

    Thank you Roxanne. I agree and love that we all need to listen more.

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