Video Pick – Julian Treasure: 5 Ways to Listen Better

Can you imagine what it would be like to live your life without any of your senses? At a young age we learn about our five senses and how these senses help us learn about our world. Unfortunately, we live in an era where everyone is always in a rush, and as life takes over, we tend to forget to take care of our mind, body and spirit. In this short TED Talk, Julian Treasure, a sound consultant and author, expresses the importance of listening, and shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening.

“I believe that every human being needs to listen consciously in order to live fully — connected in space and in time to the physical world around us, connected in understanding to each other, not to mention spiritually connected, because every spiritual path I know of has listening and contemplation at its heart.”

Julian Treasure argues that as a society “we are losing our listening” and that we need to improve our listening skills. He suggests to first listen to no sound for three minutes a day to reset our ears. Next, try listening to all the different sounds in a noisy place, such as a coffee shop. This way, the ears hear many different sounds all at once.  The third tip is to enjoy normal sounds, as in listening to a dryer. The fourth way is to think about the “position”  taken while listening. This means actively listening by taking notes, expand on what was said, or being critical.

The last strategy is to receive, appreciate, summarize, and ask (RASA). This means paying attention, showing your listening, summarizing what they said, and asking a question at the end.  The talk finishes with Treasure saying that if we listen closely to each other, we can understand each other, and the world will be more peaceful.

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