Charles Starrett

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Culture consultant & social tech teacher/facilitator at SoulCo & Northeastern University. He/Him. Dad, Harvard and NEC alum, visual thinker, dabbler in ukulele, electronic music, 한국어, and TTRPGs.

Listen to Connect

If I talk to you and you don’t listen, there’s no connection. And I can’t make you listen, either.

So the only way for me to ensure that there’s connection is if I let you talk, and I listen.

If we are serious about wanting to connect with another person, we must put our own agenda aside and listen with curiosity, courage, and compassion. We may not like what we hear, but if we can accept it is true for the other person, even if we don’t agree with it, then we have a chance of making a connection.

And with connection comes a chance of authentic communication, and even collaboration on making a change that matters, together.

And it starts with listening.

1 June 2022

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