You Should Start Listening Like a Dog, So You Can Be More Successful
Today, everyone is barking but no one is listening. The latest book by best-selling author Jeff Lazarus Listen Like a Dog reveals (Publication: April 25, 2016; Health Communications, Inc.; Self-help & Psychology; ISBN:13-978075318986; Paperback; $15.95) that the real antidote to our communication “faux paws” can be learned from observing our canine companions.
A recent study by a Cornell University sociologist revealed that now we have only one-third fewer real friends than we did before the social networking era. Today, we have more shallow connections with others and our communications are expanding horizontally but shrinking vertically. The quality has suffered, while the quantity expanded.
Yet, the communication style of dogs remain the same. Focused, sincere, and compassionate.
Our human companions usually have their own agenda. Oftentimes, humans wait for others to finish, so they can talk. They may look like “listening,” but actually they don’t. They wait for their turn to talk. It’s just one of the “violations” that humans often do in terms of listening or lack of it.
Dogs, on the other hand, listen to us with their being there for us, despite not fully understanding our verbal (human) language. They don’t fill their mind with their own agenda. They give themselves truthfully when they’re with us. Their sincere listening is what connects them to us. And when someone listens well, they earn trust from others. This trait alone is priceless in life, relationship, and career.
It goes without saying that the more you listen and the better listener you are, the more likely you’d live successfully businesswise and in personal relationships.
In each chapter, the author compares the different aspects of canine behavior with light-hearted humor and laugh-out-loud observations. Some of these inspiring observations and tips are:
• Violating the Leash Laws: the 11 most egregious mistakes we make when we THINK we are communicating
• Sniff Around: the importance of casual communications
• The Power of the Paws (Pause): how to recognize the many benefits of silence
• Heel, Sit, and Stay: how changing your own behavior can win over others
• Happiness is a Warm Pup: the importance of being genuine and compassionate
We should remind ourselves that it’s never too late to change how we communicate, so we can live a much better quality of life. And listening like a dog is a great beginning to a better life.
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