Listening is learning. Listening is carefully putting a puzzle of conversation together to seek its common thread. If I am ever giving a talk, presentation or lecture, I love to pine for those people in the the room. The ones whom may seem inattentive, aloof, or bored. Yet throughout all the nonsense comments or irrational thoughts--I know they've pieced together a thought provoking conclusion only a listener could conjure up. It's those people I'd quietly sit by and say, maybe even beg--to give me their honest opinion on the topic.
Talk less, listen more is a motto one of my most talented friends goes by. I adore it. I've adopted it. I thank her for it. It does by all means..speak volumes.