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Quotes

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.

- Stephen R. Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.”

- Eric Berne

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate”.

- Joseph Priestley

“Murphy said that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Murphy loves computers, especially PowerPoint presentations”.

“If you breathe correctly you will project your voice, you will pause when you want to, not when you have to, and you will dispel the light-headedness caused by lack of oxygen”

- Anonymous

“When you speak – believe that you are the expert to speak to this audience at this time on this topic. That is the only reason the audience is listening to you”

- George Torok

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention”

- Rachel Naomi Remen

"The spoken word belongs half to him who speaks, and half to him who listens”

- French Proverb

"The greatest problem of communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished”

- George Bernard Shaw

"Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words”.

- Deborah Bull

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them."

- Ralph Nichols

“Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much”.

- Robert Greeleaf

“To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the 'music,' but to the essence of the person speaking. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is".

- Peter Senge

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

- Winston Churchill

“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions."

- Lee Iacocca, Former CEO Chrysler Corporation

“You can say ‘no’ and smile only when there's a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside you”

- Grant M. Bright

“What do you mean we don't communicate? Just yesterday I faxed you a reply to the recorded message you left on my answering machine”.

- Wall Street Journal

“If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now”

- Woodrow Wilson

"There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave."

- Dale Carnegie

“You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen - not just money, but respect."

- Harvey Mackay


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