Phenomenal Friday- Why The Best Part Of A Conversation Is Listening


One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. ~Bryant H. McGill

During a conversation, do you listen to respond or to understand? Every relationship is plagued with communications issues, many of us really don’t manage communication effectively. I used to be guilty of being in a conversation without actually being present in the conversation- if that makes sense. Over time I’ve learned to give the speaker, whether it’s a family member, a colleague or friend the respect of listening to understand and giving feedback if necessary because a conversation doesn’t always need feedback. Often people are looking for release, someone to just sit and listen to what they have to say. Someone without bias or prejudice.


You the listener, if being attentive will understand what the communicator is looking for. Advice or a listening ear.


That person who is talking to you will have the feeling that they are being understood and that you care about what they are speaking about. They will learn to appreciate you, value your input when you do offer advice, but most of all they will value the bond you both share. Pay attention to what’s being said to you, be openly accepting of ideas and opinions that are not your own, listening is a powerful skill to develop in any relationship, professional or personal.


**This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday Serials, which speaks to Forgiveness and Personal Growth.



~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Ricards


3 comments on “Phenomenal Friday- Why The Best Part Of A Conversation Is Listening

  1. […] for an unstable relationship, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard women say, “he doesn’t listen to me!” And the guy saying, ” She doesn’t understand!” Communication in any […]


  2. Oh EttaD! What a beautiful post. I agree, one of the most powerful things we can do is listen to someone (and to ourselves). I am so glad you are here sharing your wisdom on this blog and for Forgiving Fridays. It will be an honor to include this in next week’s post.

    The two foundational qualities that I focus on in making peace with myself are forgiveness and listening. Love this reminder. 💜 Blessings to you, EttaD! And again, great you see you (albeit briefly😊) on Friday.

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    • EttaD says:

      I’ve learned that listening is a quality many do not relish in. We gain wisdom and understand through listening. It was great participating in the seminar however brief it was. xxx

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