Elephant Gun

November is National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo). This post is part of my post-a-day challenge. I have picked a theme for the challenge: song titles. These songs have been featured on live albums from KEXP (an awesome alternative radio station in Seattle), so at a minimum you will hear some great music.

Powerful and dangerous, the elephant gun was originally created for the hunting of large game. The reason for it’s existence is clear in its name. It was designed for killing elephants. The gun looks intimating. There is no doubting it’s power.

But in relationships, intimidation rarely leads to success. It’s the opposite. The elephant gun of a relationship is listening – not speaking. It’s also important to consider the how and where you listen. If you are trying to persuade your child, your coworker, your spouse, etc. are you entering into his world? If not, you should. Go and listen. Ask why – a lot. (Maybe 5 times!)

Listening is a powerful weapon in your relationship arsenal. It allows you to empathize and understand root causes. This will give you the ammo you need to make subtle changes to how you approach the people in your life.

Listen.

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