I spent the better of my late 20's absorbing videos on Ted.com. I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the latest research, creativity, authenticity and life experience. I am still a huge fan.
As I was reviewing old videos over the holiday weekend, I was struck with the words of Julian Treasure in the above video.
He carves out a powerful vision of conversation, compassion and connection:
"What would the world be like if we were speaking powerfully to people who were listening consciously in environments which were actually fit for purpose? Or to make that a bit larger, what would the world be like if we were creating sound consciously and consuming sound consciously and designing all our environments consciously for sound? That would be a world that does sound beautiful, and one where understanding would be the norm."
He calls out some high-level insights in speaking with others so they WANT to listen:
"I'd like to suggest that there are four really powerful cornerstones, foundations, that we can stand on if we want our speech to be powerful and to make change in the world ... The (acronym) is "HAIL" ...
'H: Honesty, of course, being true in what you say, being straight and clear.
A: Authenticity, just being yourself ... standing in your own truth.
I: Integrity, being your word, actually doing what you say, and being somebody people can trust.
L: Love. I don't mean romantic love, but I do mean wishing people well ... if you're really wishing somebody well, it's very hard to judge them at the same time.'"
Bravo Julian. I commend your wisdom and thank you for sharing your insights with the world.
I listen to WTF regularly. I find Marc Maron's conversations to be deeply intimate, connected and I find he also uses many techniques found in Motivational Interviewing and therapy to help his interviewee relax, open up and begin to share extremely personal details about their lives.
The conversation gets into mental health topics with AJ Mendez Brooks around 39 minutes. Highly recommended!
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