When You Speak . . . . Speak Clearly and Listen

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 When You Speak . . . . Speak Clearly and Listen

“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word

before you let them fall.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1884, America Physician,

Poet, Professor, Lecturer, Author


As I see it . . . . . . .

When you speak . . . . Speak clearly and listen


For those who speak clearly will be understood . . . .


Those that listen will understand . . . .


When you’re listening you’re fully engaging the speaker.


A proactive listener will draw the other person into the conversation with their listening skills. The more you listen. . . . the more information you will gather and the better you will understand what the speaker is saying.


Information and knowledge does not come from speaking . . . . it comes as a result of listening with the goal to hear and fully understand the speaker.


When you speak . . . . speak clearly . . . . and speak with a purpose.


Ask questions that will draw a person into the conversation . . . . and listen to their response. In their response is a wealth of information that you will only hear when you’re fully listening.


The listeners are the most effective negotiators, the most successful sales professionals . . . . and develop the most successful and lasting relationships.


When you speak . . . .  Speak clearly and listen . . . . choose your words carefully and listen with the intention of understanding


©2013 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author




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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Practicing active listening is one of the best ways to respect your clients. Whether a buyer or a seller, all want to be heard. If you listen well, then they will be more likely to listen to you.

Oct 31, 2013 01:35 PM #1
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Lou, as a former radio and new announcer and Police dispatcher for 20 years, Speaking clearly and distinctly was always some of the things I taught, bust most of all when you are talking to someone, talk slow.  Slow enough that they know what you said. Many people, when they get nervous, they start talking faster.  You are exactly right......speak clearly and then listen to what they say.  Don't let your mind wander when they are tlking.

Oct 31, 2013 01:39 PM #2
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Excellent post. I do need to remember to be more careful when I speak. That's especially true in any sales job.


Oct 31, 2013 01:44 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Poetry if I ever heard it. :)

Oct 31, 2013 01:46 PM #4
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Who could ever have a problem with advice like that? The listening part rings loudest for me. The better we can do when it comes to listening, the better the job we can do with our speaking.


Oct 31, 2013 07:11 PM #5
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