Chapter 11 Listening
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The ability to truly listen is one the most important skills a lawyer and law student can possess. At the same time it is a rare commodity in the legal profession. In this chapter the importance of listening is explored along with a variety of tips and techniques for effective listening. Obstacles to listening are addressed along with ways that mindfulness practices can lower barriers to effective listening so that others feel truly heard. Listening itself is treated as a mindfulness practice, with instructions presented for bringing this powerful practice into daily interactions, including the “Do Not Interrupt” practice. So too, each of the mindfulness practices learned earlier are is seen as listening practices - listening to oneself - along with “affirmations” as a settling technique.

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