I am in no way an expert. Just like you, I am on the same journey to becoming a better listener (and therefore a better human being). For this reason, the objective of this course has been to provide practical occasions for self-discovery rather than a catch-all recipe.
In the end, the course’s success in your life will be measured by the actual changes it helps you make in the way you communicate. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” That is why I am ending my course with a call to action and hope that you will continue to walk alongside me on this journey.
Interview a new person every day for 30 days.
It can be a very familiar person—your own mother or father, sibling, or best friend. It can be a simple acquaintance or a complete stranger.
Use all the principles and techniques that we discussed in the course, but don’t assume that any of them will work flawlessly. Test them and see what works best for you. Then get in touch and let me know! I am dying to find out about your experiences with this challenge, your stories of what has worked and what hasn’t, and your suggestions on how this course could be better. You can reach me at mircea.samoila@gmail or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mircea.samoila.5.
Finally, allow me to point you to a few resources that have had a great impact on me and my understanding of the topic:
If you’d like to further explore the inner silence we experimented with in Lesson 2, you can try this: http://www.freemeditation.com.
For incredible stories about people, you have probably already heard of Humans of New York: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/. Another similar initiative is Story Corps: https://storycorps.org/about/.
To learn to communicate without aggression, this book is a great read: http://www.amazon.com/s?search-alias=stripbooks&field-isbn=1892005034.
There are also a couple of fantastic TED Talks on listening:
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