"Joshua Konowe Is wondering why some listen, fewer absorb, a tiny fraction kill it and most just don't even hear."
I have no idea if I am the first to say it or not, but it was about as prophetic as I get. I got a few smart replies from a few of my friends and connections, a few "likes" on the old like button and then I realized...That maybe, just maybe more of my contacts had seen it and read it and decided to possibly act. Or in this case, not say anything, not comment, not "like" it and simply absorb what I was trying to convey. My general frustration with a world that seems all consumed with being heard. The sad part is that there is so much being said its next to impossible to actually be heard by anyone any more. We all seem to clamor for attention that is fleeting, passing and riffles through the universe as fast as a twitter feed with more than a few hundred followers.
In a similar context I would advise people who are trying to help a client with business related needs to let them tell you what the real pain is. Basically, just shut up and listen! Like good doctors, they listen to find the pain faster, then advise and finally help alleviate what is wrong.
I am as guilty as the next at doing the complete opposite and in fact writing this blog post is doing nothing but reinforcing my need to say something to those who may or may not even be reading or listening. So there you go. An imperfect balance of talk, advice and possibly pain relief? I will leave that up to you to decide.