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Being a Good Listener

A wonderful comment I received after a wedding came from the mother of the bride who said to me, “You made it seem as if you have known my daughter all her life.” I had meet with the bride and groom once before the wedding, learned the story behind their relationship, and presented it during my personal remarks section of their wedding ceremony.

There is no secret to doing this well other than to be a good listener. I spent many years as a high school counselor and mediator and quickly learned that the key to being a good counselor is being a good listener, easy to say, but often difficult to do. Being a good listener means being an active listener, a special method of listening and responding to other people. Often when people talk to each other, they do not listen attentively, as they are distracted, thinking about something else, or thinking about what they will say next.
An active listener attends to the speaker fully, comprehends and retains what is being said, and then in his own words repeats what the speaker has said, ensuring that he has correctly heard what the speaker has said and meant.

I use aspects of this important counseling technique to fully listen to you when we meet – to find out what is important to you for your marriage ceremony and most importantly to find out about you and your relationship. Every relationship is unique, special, and deserves to be celebrated on your wedding day. I look forward to meeting you and learning about yours.

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Over the last year, I've started paying attention to these discussions to see how other people help to drive conversation and you know what? People failed at it. I'm the only one ever asking questions and keeping the conversation going. I hate it when you're visiting friends and family and you get to hear all about their life but then they show no interest in yours. On the plus side, people love talking with me. So I guess I'm a good listener. It gets old, though.

marshall on Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:03 PM
being a good listener is ez, but changing your life style to conform to the likes of your significant other is not only tuff but nearly impossible, it can be done ever with the help of God. seek first the kingdom of god and all the things of your heart will be added on to first marriage failed but my second is working great, in part to this program... heres the link......
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