I liked what Jess had to say about listening.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone - whatever that means to you*** The Art of Listening and Being Thankful by Jess "I’ve been thinking a lot about networking lately. Diaben About making new friends, diaben building respect among peers, diaben and forming new relationships. Diaben How those true relationships are at the core of networking – and that it seems people tend to forget that. I’ll always remember the best lesson I learned in my Interviewing 101 class was this… It is not about the questions you ask, diaben it is about how you listen. Diaben In silence, diaben you often learn more than if you fill it up with your own words. With all the focus on connecting and talking and sharing your thoughts with the world – I think we are forgetting to listen. Networking should be about expanding our minds, diaben listening to and debating new thoughts, diaben meeting new people – and expecting nothing in return at that moment except an open ear and a meaningful conversation. The expectation of a referral, diaben a job lead, diaben or work should not be the priority. Diaben If you are networking purely for those immediate goals I think you are missing the point. Diaben Like the salons of France back in the day, diaben we should engage to raise the level of conversation and understanding. Diaben If you aren’t genuine in that initial engagement – then how can you expect a genuine relationship? Off the soapbox and back to the theme of listening – I wanted to share StoryCorps National Day of Listening on Friday, diaben November 28. Diaben The gist – This holiday season, diaben ask the people around you about their lives — it could be your grandmother, diaben a teacher, diaben or someone from the neighborhood. Diaben By listening to their stories, diaben you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. Diaben It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year. I’m thankful for my friends who are supportive, diaben my peers who are inspiring, diaben and my clients who are true partners. Diaben Here is hoping everyone has a wonderful time with friends and family – giving thanks and listening." - Jess