Management development providers GNP publish a monthly set of handy 'quotable quotes' for anyone to use in presentations, speeches or training sessions. Arranged into 100 'themes' including vision, change, leadership, teamwork, communication, motivation and innovation. TrainingZONE has arranged to bring you the quotes on a regular basis. This month the theme is "listening".
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
Epictetus, Greek philosopher (55-135 AD)
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
Peter Drucker, US author, consultant (b.1909)
"If you're talking, you're giving information and therefore giving away power; if you're listening and asking questions you're gaining information, the raw material of knowledge, and therefore gaining power."
Geoff Burch, British management author, presenter (b.1951)
"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them."
Dean Rusk, US statesman (1909-1994)
"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something."
William Mizner, US playwright, author (1876-1933)
"It's a mistake to think we listen only with our ears. It's much more important to listen with the mind, the eyes, the body and the heart. Unless you truly want to understand the other person, you'll never be able to listen."
Mark Herndon, US musician (b.1955)
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All quotations drawn from '1000 GREAT QUOTATIONS for Business, Management & Training' published by GNP Ltd.