Why Do I Give

Why do I give the gift of listening and teach others to do so? I want to be a breath of fresh air, a wind beneath the wings, a break in the storm, a waterdrop in the desert, a light in the night, a jack between the bars. Says the dreamer poet in me.

Why do I teach listening? I want to keep America free for future generations. If no one listens, children will act out to get attention, the quiet will die, adults will act out, more laws for protection will appear, and freedoms will disappear.

Why do I give and teach listening? I want to feel heard! I want to gather into my circle many people who care as I do about practicing calm availability when with others in conversation. I want to be part of a community known for its listening.



Wilma Zalabak

Communication is a process, not a momentary accomplishment. No one gets to say, “Well that’s done. I communicated that information.”

Communication Process includes four elements, the Sender, the Receiver, the Message, and Feedback. The Sender Encodes the Message and the Receiver Decodes the Message. The Sender Encodes the Message primarily into Writing or Speaking. The Receiver Decodes the Message primarily into Reading or Listening.

Our society pays much more formal attention in school to developing good skills in Reading, Writing, and Speaking, than we do to developing good Listening skills.

Nearly half of the average adult’s waking hours are spent in Listening, while the other skills of Reading, Writing, and Speaking share the remaining half. Therefore, if the executive who makes $100,000 per year has poor listening skills, he may be wasting nearly $50,000 of his company’s investment in him each year.

The Atlanta Listenary thanks and honors the teachers, and parents, who do informally require and train in Smart and Safe Listening skills!
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Listen with Me

“You’re wrong,” she said.

“You didn’t listen to me.

I’ll teach you what is right.

I know the way, my dear.

You must listen better.”

“You’re right,” I said.

“I don’t listen ‘up.’

I’m deaf when you talk down.

I want it mutual, shared.

Let’s just listen together.”

“You want that prize,” he said.

“I hear between your lines.

I see it in your eyes.

I know you, and I’ll use you.

I have listened well.”

“You’re wrong,” I said.

“You know me not.

I’ve escaped your box.

I take turns, and now it’s mine.

Someone, somewhere will listen with me.”

“You’re right,” she said.

“Please tell me what to do.

You know all the answers.

I’ll lay out my problems.

You’ll listen and advise.”

“You’re wrong,” I said.

“I don’t listen ‘down.’

I’m silent on solutions.

I’ll share the silence with you.

Stay and listen with me.”

Wilma Zalabaknull

Owner: The Atlanta Listenary, Inc.

Brief Bio

The Atlanta Listenary began in 1996 It serves corporations, government, churches, clubs, families, and individuals as communicator, consultant, and coach. We aim to earn your high respect and rave recommendations toward better listening and enhanced communication in your company’s culture, — by increasing communication’s pleasure and power…