At Narativ we do something called CLEARING OUR LISTENING. This is a technique that we use to recognise things in our lives that are obstacles to our listening. We recognise the obstacle – it could be construction noise, a looming deadline or a tiredness, for example – and we speak it or write it down and let it go.
Clearing my listening helps me to be present for somebody else in meetings, in phone calls and while getting on with my tasks for the day. This week my obstacle to listening has been EXTERNAL NOISE.