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Summary

Listening helps us be there for others, to support them in tough times and to strengthen our relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues. 

From opening up a conversation with someone who might be struggling, to how to use gentle encouragement to help others share their stories, How to Listen demonstrates the power of listening without judgement and draws on the extensive experience of Samaritans in offering practical advice to apply to your own life. 

Friendly and approachable, with a preface by Michael Palin, it includes helpful tips from trained Samaritans on how to talk about how we are feeling, as well as how to listen to one another in a way that can prevent day-to-day concern or worry from escalating into more complex emotions.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Some very practical guidance

I feel we all know the value of good communication and a lot of us want to be able to support our loved ones in the best way for them.

I have a sales business and have a brother who is experiencing some mental health challenges so I found some of the practical questions designed to get the person to feel comfortable to speak invaluable.

I am now going to study the book as I want to retain more of the ideas and test them out.

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simple and powerful

A much needed tool on how too learn to listen. Loads of examples and real live experiences. Very well narrated. Just the right book for work and private life, something that will definitely help me navigate those awkward moments where I dont know what to say or how to respond, to become a better listener and be more helpful in my community, family and for myself.

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A difficult listen but stick with it...

Found some of this difficult to follow but ultimately a satisfying listen thank you. Audible

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so helpful

I wanted to listen to this audio book because I work with young people and am often helping them when they are struggling. This book offers such thoughtfu, practical advice and is so helpful. I recommend it highly.

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Repetitive and hardly insightful

The majority of content is fully revealed during the introduction of the book. While the narrator does it's best to keep the listeners attention, the content is simply a continuous sequence of anecdotes and repetitive advice, hardly worth spending the time to complete it. Overall, while I admit that I learned a new perspective on the topic of listening, the same content could have equally well be shared in a 15 minute TED talk.