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06

Sep

Nearly everyone listens with the intent of having something ready to say as soon as the speaker is finished. Have you ever wondered how crazy that is?

Bob Sullivan & Hugh Thompson “The Plateau Effect” from “Peak LIstening" @farnamstreet

Here’s a phenomenon you’ll observe repeatedly if you look for it: Two speakers, appearing to be carrying on a conversation, but really just giving two monologues, split up by each other, one each waiting simply for time on whatever stage he or she imagines to be on.

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Of course, if the speaker is saying something that might be hard to hear – “I hate your product,” or “Why are you so selfish?” all this goes double. Listeners usually can’t wait to leap to their own defense, and spend their time thinking like an attorney who’s planning a closing argument rather than hearing what’s being said. You can imagine how ineffective this is.

We’d like to see you try something very different: Listening with intent to agree. 

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lbardugo:

Preach.

lbardugo:

Preach.

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theatlantic:

Assad’s Bizarre Instagram Account: Propaganda With a Comments Section

"I belong to the Syrian people," Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told the French journalist George Malbrunot, of the newspaper Le Figaro, earlier this week. “I defend their interests and independence and will not succumb to external pressure.”
Yes. That’s what he said. There are many, many caveats to that little assertion, obviously, but one of the most noteworthy is this: The message wasn’t just sent from President Assad to George Malbrunot. It was also sent from President #Assad to George #Malbrunot. It was a message that originated in person, ostensibly, but that was delivered to the world (or at least to 36,664 members of that world) with the help of a Facebook-owned social network. It was political posturing in the form of an Instagram. 
In that capacity, the “Syria, c’est moi” messaging accompanied a picture of Assad doing his thing, or claiming to — one of dozens of such pictures that syrianpresidency, “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,”  has posted to its page since July.
Read more.

theatlantic:

Assad’s Bizarre Instagram Account: Propaganda With a Comments Section

"I belong to the Syrian people," Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told the French journalist George Malbrunot, of the newspaper Le Figaro, earlier this week. “I defend their interests and independence and will not succumb to external pressure.”

Yes. That’s what he said. There are many, many caveats to that little assertion, obviously, but one of the most noteworthy is this: The message wasn’t just sent from President Assad to George Malbrunot. It was also sent from President #Assad to George #Malbrunot. It was a message that originated in person, ostensibly, but that was delivered to the world (or at least to 36,664 members of that world) with the help of a Facebook-owned social network. It was political posturing in the form of an Instagram. 

In that capacity, the “Syria, c’est moi” messaging accompanied a picture of Assad doing his thing, or claiming to — one of dozens of such pictures that syrianpresidency, “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,”  has posted to its page since July.

Read more.

allthingseurope:

Toledo, Spain (by Paolo Rui Martins)

Beautiful! I can hook you up with good airlines, what do you say about a trip? *wink*

allthingseurope:

Toledo, Spain (by Paolo Rui Martins)

Beautiful! I can hook you up with good airlines, what do you say about a trip? *wink*

allthingseurope:

Hardangerfjord, Norway (by bjarne.stokke)

too beautiful… Happy Friday everyone

allthingseurope:

Hardangerfjord, Norway (by bjarne.stokke)

too beautiful… Happy Friday everyone

aljazeera:

Al Jazeera looks at some of the main election issues including immigration ahead of Saturday’s federal elections.

aljazeera:

Al Jazeera looks at some of the main election issues including immigration ahead of Saturday’s federal elections.

03

Sep

How Creating A Better Bucket List Becomes A Blueprint For Living Your Best Life

fastcompany:

"The biggest payoffs from making a bucket list don’t come from taking great vacations—vacations are great anyway—but from upgrading life’s more mundane experiences."

Terrific Tuesday!

What would you be doing with yourself this terrific Tuesday? I’ve got a few ideas: you could go to the cinema, travel somewhere exotic if you are free( *whispers* I know some cool airlines you can use) or go to a real fun place for  a drink after work.  *big smile*. Or just read a book!