Whenever you meet someone new usually you engage in a conversation on at least a casual level. If you meet them in a professional setting you may discuss your professions and common interests for collaboration. If you meet them at a social event the two of you may discuss the likes and dislikes of the event. You may even meet someone new in a nice lounge and discuss how your day went. Either way, your casual conversation is usually relevant to the setting where you meet.
I was taught years ago and I believe that you don’t just listen to what someone is saying out of their mouth, but you also listen to what they are saying out of their spirit. Don’t just hear them, listen to them. Listen and discern people’s motives and reasons behind their conversations and the words they speak. Sometimes, you can really get an understanding or snapshot of the character of a person by what they say and how they say it.
If you listen close enough and long enough, people always say more than what it is they speak. Don’t listen just with your physical ear, listen to your inner self as well.
Shared over a cup of tea,
...From My Thoughts to Yours, Jamara