"That depends," said the salesman. "They run from $2.00 to $2,000."
"Let's see the $2.00 model," he said.
The clerk put the device around the man's neck. "You just stick this button in your ear and run this little string down to your pocket," he instructed.
How does it work?" the customer asked.
"For $2.00 - it doesn't work," the salesman replied. "But when people see it on you, they'll talk louder!"
As you know, most communication problems are not due to people talking too softly. Unfortunately, we are not always good listeners. Do you know that people will pay hundreds of dollars an hour for no other reason than to have someone listen to them?
Psychologist Carl Rogers said, "A person's real need, a most terrible need, is for someone to listen... not as a 'patient' but as a human soul." To listen well is to respond to a great human yearning.
One small child put it like this: "I'll try to listen louder." What might happen if you "listened louder" today?