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On Listening & Diversity, Part Deux

December 21, 2007

As you read through the listening proverbs from around the globe, choose one or two quotations that you think are particularly insightful. You may wish to focus on those from your ethnic heritage, if you desire. 

  • No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. — Jewish Proverb
  • It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason. — Kurdish Proverb
  • Keep quiet and people will think  you a philosopher. — Latin Proverb
  • Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. — Native American Proverb
  • Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water. — Native American Proverb
  • Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand. — Native American Proverb
  • Words must be weighed, not counted. — Polish Proverb
  • Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said. — Russian Proverb
  • God will listen to you whatever cloak you wear. — Spanish Proverb
  • Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence. — Spanish Proverb
  • When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything. — Swiss Proverb
  • Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once. — Turkish Proverb
  • How many will listen to the truth when you tell them? — Yiddish Proverb
  • Don’t judge a man by the words of his mother, listen to the comments of his neighbors. — Yiddish Proverb
  • The devil comes to us in our hour of darkness, but we do not have to let him in. And we do not have to listen either… — Yiddish Proverb
  • Knock on the sky and listen to the sound. — Zen saying
  • What the poor man says is not listened to. — Zulu Proverb

On Listening & Diversity, Part One

December 20, 2007

As you read through the listening proverbs from around the globe, choose one or two quotations that you think are particularly insightful. You may wish to focus on those from your ethnic heritage, if you desire. 

  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks. — Arabian Proverb
  • A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. — Arabian Proverb
  • Who speaks, sows; Who listens, reaps — Argentine Proverb
  • If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. — Chinese Proverb
  • To be heard, there are times you must be silent. — Chinese Proverb
  • Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely. — Chinese Proverb
  • You talked when you should have listened. — Chinese Proverb
  • Listen to what they say of the others and you will know what they say about you. — Cuban Proverb
  • Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world. — Cuban Proverb
  • Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him. — Ethiopian Proverb
  • It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach. — French Proverb
  • He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind. — German Proverb
  • The wise man has long ears and a short tongue. — German Proverb
  • The beginning of wisdom is silence.  The second stage is listening. — Hebrew saying
  • Listening to good advice is the way to wealth. — Iranian Proverb
  • Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout. — Irish Proverb
  • Dance as if no one were watching; sing as if no one were listening; and live everyday as if it were your last. — Irish Proverb
  • From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance. — Italian Proverb
  • Where there is no antagonist, you cannot quarrel. — Japanese Proverb

Stay tuned for more listening proverbs from around the globe.


Top Topics for 2008

December 18, 2007

For the coming year, I will continue working as an organizational development consultant with several corporations and nonprofit groups in the Southeast. Many of the topics could be shared in a focused lunch & learn format or expanded to a half- or full-day interactive session with my clients. Below, you will find a listing of topics that you’ll read more about in my Listening Matters blog as the year progresses.

Communication Matters

  • Training with Style: Train the Trainer
  • Facilitation with Finesse: Presentations, Meetings & More
  • Avoid Click-Thud Effect: Energize Your PowerPoint Presentations
  • Dynamic Presentations
  • Listening: The Hidden Competency
  • More than Gestures: Nonverbal Communication
  • Customer-Focused Writing
  • E-ffective & E-fficient E-mail Writing

Diversity Matters

  • Diversity in Action
  • Clowning Around with Diversity
  • Listening to Diversity
  • Lucy & Ricky Meet Will & Grace: Intergenerational Differences in the Workplace
  • Beyond Do’s & Taboos: Intercultural Etiquette
  • Cultural Awareness: Our Changing Demographics
  • The Platinum Rule
  • Survive & Thrive as e a Peacock in the Land of Penguins

Leadership Matters

  • Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow: Managing Your Transition into Leadership
  • The Human Side of Change
  • Managing Meetings That Matter
  • Priority Management
  • Beyond Choosing the Right Fork: Mealtime Etiquette
  • Interviewing Skills: From Both Sides of the Table

For Interns or New College Grads

  • Brand U: Making Your Best First Impression in the Workplace
  • Blogs, Facebook & MySpace, Oh My!
  • Career Development: Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills
  • Mealtime Etiquette