Can You Hear Me Now?

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Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Solutions

I’m thankful for communication 

 

Of late, it has become a conern to me that people have evolved into ugly and nasty taunters as they sit behind their keyboards and express their flaming ideas with no thought that their words are hurtful or harmful to the ones they are addressing - people they don't know, people who have done nothing but express an opinion different than the one they hold.


In considering things I'm thankful for, I was struck by the fact that I'm grateful that we, as humans, can communicate with each other; that we can express our opinions with one another in many different forms. As those skills have evolved over the centuries, there are so many ways we've learned to exchange information.


Since the beginning of time we have developed newer skills and higher levels of communication, some good, some not so good. Here are just a few:

 

Grunts

Hieroglyphics

Smoke signals

Facial expressions

Hand gestures

From words to alphabets

Printing press

Morse code

Typewriter

Books

Art

Radio

Telegraph

Telegram

Telephone

Television

Music

Song

Dance

Horn honking

Sirens

Eyes

Body language

Words

Touch – tender or harsh

Flowers

Even with our animals - pet, purr, bark, lick, tail wag

Social media – interacting, SCREAMING, judging

 

It is my wish as we approach this holiday season, hopefully surrounded by families and loved ones, that we think about the ways we communicate with each other. Take a brief moment out of our busy days and maybe, just maybe, hone in on the most important part of communication - listening.

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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Great post, and worthy feature, listening, something people do far too little of right now. Only interested in barking out their own ideology.

Nov 16, 2019 06:08 AM #20
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Contact or connection is no myth but instead continues to be under-used

Nov 16, 2019 06:15 AM #21
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
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Good morning Mimi.  This is coming at such a great time for me! Your post encouraged me this morning and made me smile.  There is so much negativity and it is easy for people to get in front of a key board and type the most hurtful things. Thank you for the encouragement and I love all of the ways you put for us to communicate - in a positive way!  Have a great day and thank you for the blessing today!

Nov 16, 2019 06:15 AM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
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Listening is definitely the most important part of communication.

I love this post and laughed at the grunt. I'm sure there were many different inflections of grunts. The "come here baby" grunt. The "stay away from my food" grunt. haha

Nov 16, 2019 06:26 AM #23
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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People seem to think they can say anything when they are hiding behind a keyboard.  I think it is funny when those people are held accountable when their poor choices get shared all over the internet, haha.

Nov 16, 2019 07:03 AM #24
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I knew this one was destined for the gold star. Congratulations on the feature. I'm happy to see this message get a lot of attention...


And enjoyed the dialog between you and Kat. Lol. Re: grunts. 

Nov 16, 2019 07:14 AM #25
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

So much has changed since I opened my first real estate office in the summer of 1961. That was before we had computers or cell phones.

Nov 16, 2019 07:14 AM #26
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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One of the true pleasures in life is  having one on one conversations about....mutual interests, current events,  family, vacations, etc--expressing ideas, opinions, feelings, "talking out" a problem with a close friend...always welcome.  Why are the holidays so popular? Based around getting together with others!!

Nov 16, 2019 08:58 AM #27
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Will Hamm
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Hello Mimi, great blog and so funny where we have come from compare to the old day.  Interesting that kids know more then we do when it comes to phones.

 

Nov 16, 2019 09:04 AM #28
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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This says it all, Mimi - 

Take a brief moment out of our busy days and maybe, just maybe, hone in on the most important part of communication - listening.

We thought social media was a great thing until users stopped listening and began lashing. It IS easy to sit behind the safety of a keyboard and scream, demean and bully. But, it takes a special person to actually LISTEN and even go beyond that - and HEAR what others are saying. 

Excellent post, Mimi - on more levels than one too!

Nov 16, 2019 10:57 AM #29
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I totally agree, Mimi! We often say we're listening but, really hearing takes more than just 'perking up' and tuning in. There's really an art to listening and we should all aspire to be better at it!

Happy Saturday!

Nov 16, 2019 01:08 PM #30
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Mimi, Such important points on listening.  What happened to the Active Listening classes.  Wr need to bring those classes back. It takes intention and focus to actively listen to others.

Nov 16, 2019 04:26 PM #31
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Social media makes it possible for trolls to say things, that they would never say to your face

Nov 16, 2019 09:04 PM #32
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Mimi! I enjoyed reading your blog post very much! Let's hope listening is not a lost art because in my opinion, it is one of the most important ways to promoted effective communication. 

Congratulations on a well-deserved feature!

Nov 19, 2019 04:03 PM #33
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The lack of tolerance...maturity ...for another point of view...ah yes...if I chose to get black and blue over the small issues...and blasts over another point of view recently experienced...I'd be bedridden ! EVERYBODY deserves a voice....albeit one with manners.

Nov 22, 2019 05:31 AM #34
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Liz and Bill Spear
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If you watch and listen long enough, sooner or later if the person portrayed isn't authentic to the person behind the facade, the truth comes out either through words or actions.  And then we know, and knowledge is power.

Nov 22, 2019 03:30 PM #35
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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This blog is a breath of fresh air. Two ears and one mouth, my father used to say :)

Nov 22, 2019 04:35 PM #36
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Hi Mimi:

How did I miss this marvelous post?! Listening is such an important thing to do in our communication, in life and in our business, isn't it? Unfortunately sometimes people's words and actions make it tough to truly listen. And actions may be very different from what we expect given what we heard!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 09:04 PM #37
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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When it comes right down to it, that’s all that we want: to be heard and to be listened to.

Nov 26, 2019 10:00 PM #38
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Laura Cerrano
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How much more successful would the most successful people be if we/they listened a bit more? I think it’s very vital to everything Cc Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nov 26, 2019 10:02 PM #39
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