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  • Writer's pictureSusan Ordway

How to Hear What People Are Not Telling You

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and got the feeling they're not telling you everything that's on their mind? Don't worry, it happens to all of us - especially in a work setting.

Your co-workers and managers might hold back information for all sorts of reasons, but you can pick up on subtle cues that can help you figure out exactly what's not being said.

And guess what? You already have the tools to do it!

Pay attention to your intuition and use your experience with the people around you to pick up on those little cues in their body language and expression.

Does what they're saying match how they look? Are they making direct eye contact or fidgeting with their hands? You'll start to notice when something doesn't feel quite right.

But here's the fun part: once you sense that there's more to the story, it's time to get curious!

Instead of getting anxious or filling in the gaps with your own assumptions, try asking curious and non-judgmental follow-up questions to help the other person feel more at ease.

Just remember, you're not trying to uncover top-secret information here. You're just trying to create a safe space for the other person to open up and share more with you.

With a little bit of curiosity and some well-placed questions, you'll be on your way to figuring out what people aren't saying and building stronger, more meaningful relationships in the process.

Do you have questions on how to stay curious? Let's connect.

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