Wise Wednesday Brain Byte: Listen to Learn


Common sense tells us that we learn more by listening than by speaking.  However, we all know someone who spends more time speaking than seeking.

Speakers share knowledge; seekers soak-in knowledge.  While it is good to do both, you will have the ability to share so much more when you spend time listening to learn from those who have gone before you.

True learners make a conscious effort to soak in as much knowledge from other’s life experiences, wisdom, and advice as possible by tuning in their ears to what is spoken, tapering the desire to dominate the conversation.

Listen to Learn.

Learn to Listen.

The way of a fool seems right to him but a wise man listens to advice.      Proverbs 12:15 NIV


Wise Wednesday Brain Byte: Social Connections

“Our brains get a good workout whenever we encounter another human being. Even if it’s just a few minutes chatting. To carry on a conversation: we have to pay close attention, respond to questions, interpret vocal tone and body language, and use short and long term memory to access facts that pertain to the conversation. At the same time, we have to block out the other stimuli that compete for our attention. All of these are complex executive functions, demanding extra work from the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain particularly vulnerable to age-related cognitive decline.” Page 110 Reader’s Digest No More Brain Drain.

Get out and communicate today for your brain’s sake!

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