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Why Me?

I was finishing up presenting an “Exquisite Listening®” communication skills workshop recently. We had just finished the last day’s series of exercises designed to help people learn how to have difficult conversations. At the closing, a participant rather indignantly asked, “Why should I have to be the one who has to listen to what they have to say, when they won’t listen to what I have to say?” Why indeed. “Our communication broke down”, or “We just quit communicating”, is something I hear as a frequent cause of a relationship ending. The way I see it, it’s not so much that we don’t quit saying things, it’s that no one is listening anymore, thus my emphasis on learning how to listen as

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