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Being Heard : 15 Ways to Get Better Listeners

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It seems that there is always a lot of talk. The question might be, “Are you being heard?”

In my business as a consultant, professional speaker, and corporate trainer there is always an interest in listening. There are books, videos, and seminars that reach out to people about mastering the skills of exceptional listening.

Workplace Concepts

It seems that the responsibility for information intake is in the hands of the listener, not the person speaking. If you’re really hoping to be heard you might be thankful for those who have great listening skills.

In the workplace the concept often is: respect me because I am talking, listen better because I’m providing value. The idea of speaking to one, or hundreds might appear to be about push, but what if it was about pull?

What if it is more about people being interested, drawn in, and compelled to hear what you have to say? How do you create that environment? What makes people want to listen?

There was a series of popular television commercials in the 1970’s and 1980’s whose tagline is well known to many of the baby boomer and gen X population. The tagline is, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.”

E.F. Hutton was known by many as one of the most respected financial firms in the United States. Its commercials often featured investors in conversation at crowded places and when E.F. Hutton was mentioned everyone stopped to listen.

Being Heard

Is being heard about respect? Many people will tell you that respect is earned.

If you want to be heard what you might want to push for is earning more respect. Here are fifteen ways to do it:

  1. Take responsibility
  2. Listen first
  3. Stop blaming
  4. Acknowledge good work
  5. Compliment others
  6. Build people up
  7. Appreciate honest efforts
  8. Gossip less
  9. Worry about your attire, not others
  10. Don’t bully
  11. Tell the truth
  12. Be helpful
  13. Don’t judge
  14. Value people
  15. Be kind

The next time you talk, will anyone be listening?

Perhaps the best way to capture listeners is with respect.

Be heard.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Make A Different Sound

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Being heard is often important to the change seeker, they want the opportunity to voice an opinion, state a fact, or influence a decision.


You hang a picture on the wall and barely notice it again. A guest visits your home and asks about the chiming clock and you realize you didn’t even hear it. A bird chirps outside your window or the noise of rush hour traffic means it is just another day.

There is a quest to be heard, but when it is the same noise, the same picture, or the same old daily grind it goes completely unnoticed. It might be the element of surprise, a new venue, or a different sound that changes everything. We target our marketing, our voice, and our opportunities to influence in the same space at the same time and following the same rules, and yet we wonder why we aren’t being heard.

Make a different sound.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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