HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Active Listening (Prompt #10)

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There may be people out there that have different opinions about the meaning of the quote “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t know but need to know. Listen and learn from them.”

The way I see this quote is that God puts people on your path for a particular reason. God has a purpose for everything, and if he puts someone in my life, it is for a reason. I also see this a different way. When you casually meet someone at the store or maybe when you are at school, a conversation tends to pop up naturally. What they decide to say to you is what is going to be the most important. You can meet someone who knows something interesting or something important that you can then take into your own world and put it to use.

One example from my own life that demonstrates this sentiment is when we did the activity of perceiving others. We began by having a conversation with our partner. In that time we talked about how our day was going, where we work, how do we like our classes. From the information my partner would share, I was able to see what interested them the most. Maybe that day my partner needed someone to talk to and someone that would listen. It was nice when someone took the time out of their day without any distractions and just listened. Maybe I needed to know that they were having a good day because that’s what they wanted me to know. When I heard my partner share information about their life, I learned that they enjoy their job and that they were almost finished with school.

It is essential to listen to others even if the information isn’t as meaningful, it might just be something that they want you to know so that they can let it out. Listening to others is very important because it can make them and their feelings feel valued and important.

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