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Welcome to the new site for the Is AnyBody Listening? blog (formerly at www.isanybodylistening.org).  The content is mostly unchanged. We hope you like the new style – but it may be undergoing a few changes in the near future as we get settled in our new home!

Background

The idea for having a site simply dedicated to Listening has an interesting and varied background.

First a confession – I am not a very good listener. My wife told me that soon after we got married. My defence back then was to point out that for the past year or two I had lived on my own….

A few years later I attended a one-day seminar on Listening given by a major American company. It was pointed out that we spend so much time learning how to communicate by speaking – but very little to enhancing our listening skills. Working all my life in radio I was gradually coming ’round to the notion that to be a good broadcaster I first needed to be a good listener – to hear what people were saying.

I also was further intrigued by a novel by Canadian author Taylor Caldwell – called “The Listener”. So when I set up my very first web site in the early 1990s I called it by that name – making it a ‘safe’ place where people could dump their anxieties, anger, frustration and despair – and I would listen, and perhaps respond. In those days there was not a lot of competition. It was interested to see what people were talking about – and what help they were seeking.

Finally, in the modern era I developed this site, reflecting on various aspects of listening – what it means and what the implications. I trust it will be helpful – and as I get further insights or ideas on this theme I will continue to write…

Oh yes,  I nearly forgot, if you want to contact me I shall be listening….

Enjoy!

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Body Language

Our bodies speak. Sometimes they talk to us – through pain. Killing the pain by taking drugs may remove the discomfort, but disguise the underlying problem. Sportsmen often have to do that, while at risk of doing themselves some real harm if the pain persists and they choose to suppress it. Perhaps we are not …

When Silence Speaks

Silence can sometimes speak very loudly. Most recently one news reporter in Brussels was there to report on the aftermath of the bombings there a few weeks ago. The crowds gathered in the streets stood in silence – a very poignant silence that spoke volumes. Sometimes it is the still small voice or the complete absence …

Blog

Body Language

Our bodies speak. Sometimes they talk to us – through pain. Killing the pain by taking drugs may remove the discomfort, but disguise the underlying problem. Sportsmen often have to do that, while at risk of doing themselves some real harm if the pain persists and they choose to suppress it. Perhaps we are not …

When Silence Speaks

Silence can sometimes speak very loudly. Most recently one news reporter in Brussels was there to report on the aftermath of the bombings there a few weeks ago. The crowds gathered in the streets stood in silence – a very poignant silence that spoke volumes. Sometimes it is the still small voice or the complete absence …

Contact

This is one of Frank Gray’s sites. He lives near Bristol, UK and can be contacted via Twitter or via Facebook