MBP 84. The Listener - Colin Smith

MBP 84. The Listener – Colin Smith

Colin Smith is known as the Listener. He inspires individuals and companies to improve their active listening, thinking, and relationships.

Colin’s primary contribution is his innate ability to deeply listen to people and through holding that space, enabling people to open up and share their concerns, feelings, ideas, etc. Secondly, his varied background, view of the world, and his inquisitive and curious mind, enables him to share unusual, thought provoking, yet grounded observations and alternative approaches to business, people, systems and change. Thirdly, to take thinking and ideas further and to make things happen, he is able to introduce his trusted network of entrepreneurs, consultants, thought leaders, free thinkers, coaches and change makers.

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  • Paul introduces Colin
  • Half of Colin’s life was spent in IT
  • His second career was working with people, understanding how they work, and how they connect
  • The pivotal moment when Colin made the biggest change was when he went through his divorce
  • Colin’s take on why people find listening actively so challenging
  • How Colin made people feel heard
  • Colin’s advice on how to stay in conversations
  • His way of helping someone

The Middle Bits:

What’s your #1 tip for a fulfilled life?

Being present

Do you have a mentor or coach, someone that has inspired you along this journey?

Nancy Kline and Abraham

Is there a lesson that you’ve learned out of school that is not taught in school?

It would be listening

If there’s a word you could choose that would set your intention for the coming 12 months, what would that word be?


Key Takeaways:

  • The opportunity to understand and appreciate the other is really helpful
  • If you listen to them, they will listen to you
  • The more you’re present, the better things will be and the better relationships would be
  • The best leaders are those who listen
  • If you intend to do something more, then there’s a good chance you’re gonna get closer to doing it better
  • Often people just want to be heard to know that someone’s there

Mentioned Resources:

Time to Think by Nancy Kline

Crucial Conversations

Colin’s Website

Colin’s email – colin.smith@dexteritysolutions.co.uk

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Disclosure: This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship and may receive compensation from your actions through such links. However, I don’t let that corrupt my perspective and I don’t recommend only affiliates.

Disclaimer: Some of the content of this podcast may contain topics of a sensitive nature such as depression, anxiety and suicide. Whilst I have experience in coaching, training and remedial therapy I’m not to provide mental health advice or counselling. Therefore, engaging with the content of this podcast should not be considered a substitute to professional therapy.


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