Stop, listen and think..

It’s accepted that we are all incredibly busy these days.  We’re rushing around, juggling plans, meetings, calls, issues, projects and to-do lists – not to mention e-mail and Twitter.  It’s very easy to keep your head down and plough on.

It is however – in my humble opinion -incredibly important to stop on a regular basis. Stop and think. Stop and review.  Stop and listen.

I know that the Sharpen the Saw analogy has become a cliché, but then it has become a cliché because it’s true!

One thing I love doing is sitting and listening to my son.  Five year olds are so honest, their minds are full of opportunities and they don’t allow norms or experience to restrict their thoughts or dull their expectations.  This is something we should all contemplate.

That’s why I loved this post by Richie Escovedo: “9 PR rules my daughter learned in kindergarten”.

9. Listen to others – There is an interesting duality to this rule. A.) You don’t know all there is to know about public relations. You need to continue to learn and hone your skills through discussion, research, and professional development. PR is an ever-evolving field and being able to adapt and change is what will make you stand out. B.) You don’t know all there is to know about your organization or clients. Active listening within your work environment, on behalf of your organization and through monitoring will mean the difference between taking shots in the dark and making educated and informed communication decisions.

Interesting food for thought…

7 thoughts on “Stop, listen and think..

  1. Tom – Thanks for the link love on my ‘9 PR Rules.’ I’m also glad you picked one of my favorites from the list. As a fellow dad of a 5 year-old, you can appreciate the fountain of inspiration and influence that comes from watching your child grow and learn. Thanks for sharing.

    – @vedo

  2. Yeah sometimes it is just good to stop and watch the world going by. I finish at 6 every evening no matter what is on and go for a spin on the bike. It clears the head and when you come back in the evening you are raring to go again!

  3. Niall,

    I can’t agree with you more and this is going to become a bigger issue. Pushing back, turning off and getting out into the real world should be on top of our agendas.


  4. I loved the “9 PR Rules”. Especially, since most of us let our lives get so hectic and complicated, that we forget the simple things. It’s easy to forget to “stop and smell the roses”, and take it for granted. It’s not only important to slow down, but look at the world around you appreciate how peaceful and beautiful it can be. You should always take time to, as another post said, “stop and watch the world go by”, I always seem to find my most peaceful thoughts when I take a break and enjoy life around me.

    And that’s huge in the public relations industry. You have to be able to be aware of your surroundings, whether it be simply listening, knowing what’s happening within the organization or taking a moment to stop and talk to someone. PR maybe hectic, but you can always find time to stop and watch the clouds roll by.

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