Video: TED Talk – The Best Way to Help is Often Just to Be Listening

Listening

Am I really listening to what people say to me, or am I too quick to give advice?

let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak
James 1:19

I’m a “fixer.” When people come to me to talk, I’m often tempted to take what I hear and try to fix whatever the problem is.

In this TED Talk, Sophie Andrews illustrates the vital importance of to hear and listen instead of giving advice (at least right away). She tells her own story about how someone just listened to her and how that changed her life.

I knew that the simple act of listening in an empathetic way could have a profound effect. I knew that somebody listening to me without judgment would make the biggest difference.
Sophie Andrews at TEDMED 2017

I’ve heard it said that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we speak. It could be that to just listen to what someone says might save their life!

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