Hear More. It Matters.

One of the reasons why I have been successful in doing what I do, despite being media blanked at own local level and under-resourced, is that I understand that it’s more important to listen than to speak.

Let’s be honest. We have elected at all levels that love to hear the sound of their own voice, as the saying goes.

When I left school I went straight into the bar game. It was perhaps the best thing to ever happen to me. I didn’t realise it at the time but I better learned to mix with all ranges of people. From the wealthy to the near broke (I found then and still do now, that those with least to give, usually give all they have to spare, a lot more). I worked and listened to many people, races, religions (or none), I heard people in their good times and their bad. I would hear from young people and their dreams, to old and dying and their life lessons to share.

I learned a lot from my decades in the bar game. This has allowed me to further mix in all areas, all levels and people in return (such as the Swiss Ambassador in the attached pic) and not only get to hear them speak but also be able to mix with all of them, listen better – and then talk back.

We have lots of elected and wanna-be elected out there with a mountain of soundbites ready to go for the media. You are going to be buried by them in the run-up to the local elections. Ask however, how many of them have been truly willing to listen – honestly listen – not just pretending! How many have been listening all along and how many are only willing to listen now seeing as they smell election time?

You can only solve local or national problems by also listening to others – not just by doing all the talking. Since my time in the bar trade, my ears have remained more open. There is still something to learn daily.

I cannot hear these things over the sound of my own voice rabbiting off. A good politician therefore, I suggest, is one that knows also when to shut up, as just as much speak, Food for thought. Have a good day everyone.