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And so ran the British Telecom’s advertisement with Bob Hoskins some years ago.  Truth is, it’s true.  Whether it’s just connecting with friends, processing difficult experiences, or running a business, it pays to express yourself, and listen…

In fact, as good as it is to talk, listening is a skill that’s way under rated and valued.  I get the feeling sometimes that we’ve become so self-centred and obsessed with our ‘me, me, me’ culture, that other people’s news is just, well…… not as interesting as our own.  

I’m not proclaiming to be a particularly interesting person but if you pay attention to people when you’re talking it’s easy to see how long, or more to the point, how short, their attention span is.  Then the eyes glaze over and you know they’re just itching to say, ‘Yes but I think…..’

I’ve no doubt we’re all guilty of this and not half as selfless as we’d like to think.  But listening is an art and it takes practice.  I’d say the first step is just being aware of what we’re doing and how we’re behaving.  Maybe then we might be able to catch ourselves when we’re just about to interject with ‘Yes, but I think….’

At the moment the website team are in listening mode as we look to renovate this website.  To help us work out what the best changes are to make depends on us finding out from local people, businesses and community groups what they need and want from the site.

On that note, I’m going to stop talking and wait, ready to listen (or read), to any thoughts you may have on how we can improve our community website.  

All thoughts welcome.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Handprints

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