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You’re Not Listening

What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
Book by: Kate Murphy
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You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters is a 2020 book by Kate Murphy that talks about the importance of listening carefully. We live in the age of social media, where distractions take myriad forms. As a result, it becomes more and more difficult for us to listen. In this book, Murphy analyses successful people in order for us to understand the importance of the lost art of listening. In her alternating humorous and sombre tone, Murphy grasps the attention of the readers as she lists out the reasons why we should invest in listening carefully and how it may lead to our success.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

Even though it is very rare, we always realise when someone listens to us genuinely. We    understand when someone is interested in what we have to say. When someone listens intently to what you talk about, what you are interested in, you develop a deep bond with them. It may be someone you have known for years or someone you have randomly bumped into. When you listen, you form special bonds. In the era of social media and fast communication, coupled with our busy lives, even something as simple as lending an ear becomes an important art that is becoming less and less popular with each passing day. 

This is exactly what should inspire us to listen well, to stand apart from the crowd, to make our own mark. Kate Murphy observes the way in which most successful listeners function, and provides us a list of ways by following which we could do the same.

Listening properly will not only make us more likeable to the people around us but also helps us develop personally.

 

Lesson 2. Listening intently is a rare quality

 

Listening is not something most people find interesting nowadays. On the contrary,  people enjoy talking and advertising themselves. Most of us think that talking about ourselves will make others like us. We learn the skills of public speaking and how to be a good orator, we post our thoughts constantly on social media and of course we text and chat on our phones.But, do you remember the last time you actually heard someone out intently or when  someone showed genuine interest in what you were talking about?

 

It is paradoxical that as communication becomes easier through new inventions and technologies that connect us to the world, we feel more and more lonely. With communication becoming increasingly digital, we are losing personal touch and feel more connected to our phones and computers instead of people. This makes communication simpler and yet makes us lose the personal touch and leaves us feeling lonely.

 

People no more care about what we desire and nor are they interested. This has led to a decrease in our average attention span over the years. An analysis by Microsoft shows that our attention span has decreased from being twelve seconds in 2000 to being only eight seconds now. According to this data, even a goldfish has an attention span which is better than ours. 

 

What and who do we blame for this? It is the gadgets that we are constantly surrounded with, that is the reason behind this dependence. We are surrounded by

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Kate Murphy, a seasoned journalist, and author, explores the art of listening in her book “You’re Not Listening.” Drawing from interviews with experts and personal experiences, she advocates for the transformative power of genuine listenin...

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Chapter List
  • Lesson 1. Introduction
  • Lesson 2. Listening intently is a rare quality
  • Lesson 3. Listening develops deep understandings
  • Lesson 4. Be a good listener
  • Lesson 5. Stop assuming that you know everything.
  • Lesson 6. Listen to opposing opinions as well
  • Lesson 7. Ask relevant questions
  • Lesson 8. Don’t interrupt. Listen properly.
  • Lesson 9. Conclusion:
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In the summary of You’re Not Listening book, there are 9 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Introduction
  2. Lesson 2. Listening intently is a rare quality
  3. Lesson 3. Listening develops deep understandings
  4. Lesson 4. Be a good listener
  5. Lesson 5. Stop assuming that you know everything.
  6. Lesson 6. Listen to opposing opinions as well
  7. Lesson 7. Ask relevant questions
  8. Lesson 8. Don’t interrupt. Listen properly.
  9. Lesson 9. Conclusion:

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