Uncovering what it really means to listen

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Ask any great actor what really makes great acting they will invariably reply “listening”.

Traditionally, however we think of listening as simply something we do with our ears but it is so much more than that.

Real listening could be best described as a “sense of engagement.” Typically when actors have great chemistry on screen it is because they are really “engaged” with each other; they are listening with their whole beings and here in lies the secret to building strong relationships in every sphere of life.

It is also tempting to think of listening as a short term thing; but real engagement and trust takes place in ordinary life when people listen to each other over a long period of time. Bad listening is pretty much a sign of a weak relationship

When your business is not thriving, an important question to ask is simply, “am I taking the time to really listen?”
 

 

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The SECRET To Leading From The Front

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 

It is impossible to make a difference, sitting on your high horse, watching as others battle and fight in the trenches below.

Your horse is keeping you safe and detached.

Leading from the front requires that you get down from your horse, grab your sword and start fighting back to back with ordinary men.

Who is sitting on their high horses in today’s society?

The cultural influencers…

Musicians, artists, actors, reality TV Stars?

Perhaps FAME is a new type of class system, a kind of privilege that ostracizes rather than defends the honor of the extra-ordinary souls battling in the trenches below.

 

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The only way to get heard with all the “white noise” online

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Imagine you are at a rock concert, in a riot, or at a Spurs game — the crowd is going off, everyone is shouting, no one can hear anything.

This really is a metaphor for what is happening online, everyone is talking at the same time — there is a lot of white noise.

How do you get your message heard?

You can try and shout, but I promise you no one at all will hear you.

There is really only one way to communicate in a crowd.

Grab a friend, pull them in close and whisper in their ear.

This is the essence of engagement online, you can only grow your brand by building friendships that are intimate enough to allow you to to whisper (Tweet this).

 

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A Seven Question Interview With “Life Cycle”

Today’s “7 Question – 7 Sentence Interview.” is with Steve Chitty, one of the founders of an extraordinary non profit called Life Cycle. If you would like to cycle for life through Cambodia then you should email Steve here for more info. You can also join them on Facebook right here.

 
 
1. You and your team run a non profit called Life Cycle… in one sentence what is the aim of Life Cycle?

Life Cycle’s aim is to help everyday people break the chains of poverty and slavery.
 
2. Could you give us a short story or an example that highlights the challenges that people you are currently helping face??

Extreme poverty leaves people with a very lousy menu of options whereas the essence of our work is helping people create new ‘menus’ full of life giving options for the future — Currently we are focusing on Cambodia and by breaking the poverty cycle there you also dramatically minimize the risk of someone being tricked into slavery on false promises of a better life.
 
3. What is your overarching big dream for Life Cycle?

We constantly aim to spark initiatives and ‘informed action’ in people so we really just need to keep getting smarter and smarter about how we engage and motivate people to act on ideas that have probably been bubbling away in their heart for some time.
 
4. What is the single biggest challenge that your organization faces?

Probably limited time as we are a handful of busy people, however, we are attracting a lot of interest and some smart people are offering us their time and expertise so that is hugely encouraging as we grow.
 
5. Instead of taking my typical holiday, you’ve suggested that I should take part in a nine day cycle journey through Cambodia that looks at ‘what’s working’ in the fight against poverty and slavery… why?

Aside from being a whole lot of fun, the Cycle for Life will allow anyone interested in breaking the poverty cycle a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what works so you’ll come away a lot smarter about how to follow up on what might already be bubbling away in your heart.
 
6. Starting anything with a “big purpose” is scary, what is your number 1 personal challenge and how do you overcome it?

To be honest I don’t really get scared when it comes to working on social initiatives I believe in and because I believe in what I’m doing I tend to become very focussed and a lot bolder than I would in everyday life.
 
7. What single piece of advice would you give any other young social entrepreneur?

I think the absolute keys to success are to build a team of talented people around an inspiring vision that is clearly articulated.
 
 
Again, if you would like to cycle for life through Cambodia then you should email Steve here for more info.
 
 

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Don’t be afraid of the prowling lion

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. This is the 8th post in an 8-part series on building an Unshakeable Reputation Online.

 

Only a fool would pretend that social media has no power.

The worst thing you can do is to do nothing. Prowling lions take no prisoners, they are hungry — they eat things that lie down and they chase prey that run.

If you want to have a positive presence in the digital space, if you want to build an unshakeable reputation then you cannot cower in fear.

The fifth step to building an unshakeable online repuation is to stand your ground, but do not stand-alone; instead use the exponential power of social media to your advantage — stand in a crowd of friends.

Don’t you see what is happening? The Lion is beginning to run.

 
 

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Hiring an attorney in the social space

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. This is the 7th post in an 8-part series on building an Unshakeable Reputation Online.

 

An attorney is an expert in the rules and etiquette of the courtroom, it is generally considered foolish to enter a courtroom without a strong advocate acting on your behalf.

Getting expert advice is my 4th step in building an unshakeable reputation online.

Yet in the social space, we are often tempted to charge in without a game plan, without solid advice and without a coherent strategy.

If you don’t know the rules how can you possibly play the game?

I like to think of a social media consultant or a digital strategist as a social attorney, someone who can advocate on your behalf. Someone who listens to you and someone who believes in you, someone who can structure your story in an authentic way that greatly influences the conversation.

Getting an outside perspective is an invaluable tool in every area of life and business.

 
 

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Your best defense will be mounted by others.

Written By Geoff Talbot - Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. This is the 6th post in an 8-part series on building an Unshakeable Reputation Online.

 

Friends stand with you when times are tough. They honor you, they support you, they believe in you and they speak out on your behalf.

It is imperative that you have friends in the social space, with the right strategy they are surprisingly easy to find.

Authentic sharing of your story and listening to the stories of other people are essential methods of creating lasting friendships both offline and online. Things like good manners, common courtesy, helping where you can, and defending the reputations of others helps to sustain and build online friendships.

Does this sound like too much work? Don’t lie down in the field the devouring lion is moving closer.

 
 

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