The Value of Listening to Understand vs Listening to Respond with Sharon McMahon ⋆ Showit Blog

The Value of Listening to Understand vs Listening to Respond with Sharon McMahon

Well hello, Self Lover! How YOU doin’?

This week we have a very special guest who is just in time to calm all of our nerves about all of the newsworthy things happening in our world.

Let’s all take a collective deep breath and welcome Sharon McMahon! You may know her from her very informative Instagram stories and posts, which are notorious for giving non-partisan information about what’s happening around us.

As a government teacher, Sharon has mastered the art of having hard conversations with people about…well, government. Politics is one of those taboo topics that often gets skipped over during lunch meetings, but she’s sharing with us the importance of understanding someone else’s point of view, and gives pointers on how to (you guessed it) listen to understand, rather than listen to respond.

Her message is so important, and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me!


(6:11) What does it mean to listen to understand (vs. listening to respond)? Why does it matter?

(12:25) Managing self care when you have a large community of followers – or even if you don’t.

(30:10) Why your feelings are not always the truth – and why it’s important to gently remind yourself of what the truth is.

(39:36) What are some steps we can take to help bridge the gap in our divided nation?


Connect with Sharon on Instagram: @sharonsaysso

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