Listening, journalism and broadcasters

Listening and “the truth”

Revelations have shaken our trust of journalists and broadcasters and led many to question whether they are committed to seeking the truth and fairness or are driven largely by a need to boost circulation and viewing figures. Peter Hudson explores the effectiveness of different journalistic and broadcasting approaches in establishing and reporting the facts.

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The Holy Grail of Social Listening

Throughout history, good conversation has been highly valued but what are the attributes of a good conversationalist? The ability to listen, rather than eagerly searching for the next opportunity to interject, is certainly one of them. Peter Hudson sets out on a quest to find the Holy Grail of social listening and discovers the old Cuban proverb rings very true;“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.”

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Developing independent academic skills, 1

Learning independently, linear assessment and language

Why is the ability to learn independently so important? Andy Homden suggests that unless students learn to think for themselves, take the initiative and display the kind of self–discipline that gets things done, they will neither fulfill their potential nor be ready for the expectations of higher education and the world of employment. But – they have to be shown how.

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Listening genius: the work of John Heimler

heimer-laterNo understanding of the power of listening is complete without appreciating the work of  Eugene – John –  Heimler, a truly great listener and founder of a counselling method known as Human Social Functioning. Carl Rogers was perhaps one of the best known ‘listeners’ of the 20th Century.  John Heimler is less well known, similar and yet different. It is the work of John Heimler which forms the basis of the Listening Skills Training for teachers that is taught by Consilium Education and the Motivated Learning Trust.

I was privileged to have known John and to have had him as my therapist whilst in training.

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Listening: a teacher’s most important skill

A chance conversation
Peter Hudson, active listening trainer

Peter Hudson

I had just finished having breakfast at what used to be called a country house party in the UK.  Having listened to several guests for several minutes, asking them about their work and families, I was asked what I did.  ‘I teach teachers how to listen’, I replied. One of the guests, herself a retired teacher, said ‘Oh that’s the top skill in teaching!’ When I asked her what she thought the reason for that was, she said ‘It builds respect with the students and when you have that you can achieve so much more with them’.

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We are the best experts on ourselves – Carl Rogers

Peter Hudson. Motivated Listening trainer

Peter Hudson, active listening trainer

Peter Hudson looks at how the listening skills of a teacher who had been trained in active listening skills helped support a student to find their own way to access new aspects of the school curriculum and ultimately achieve success.

Listening Quote of the Month:

As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.   Carl Rogers, 1902 – 1987                                                                                       


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