Why is it that we seem astonished, even grateful, when someone really listens to us? When they lean in and give us their time and attention.
How has this basic act become such a rare commodity? Has social media ‘broadcasting’ really marked the end of conversation and listening?
Over two decades, story consultant Bobette Buster has listened to well over 10,000 stories. In doing so, she observed that active listening could have a transformative effect - on both the speaker and the listener. It led to deeper connections, generated moments of wonder, and even helped to overcome insurmountable differences.
Do Listen is about rediscovering the lost art of listening. With expert wisdom, simple exercises, film references and compelling stories, it will hone this essential skill – and positively impact your conversations and relationships. Yes, listening can take time. It can be uncomfortable. Yet it can also be a strategy. And sometimes, it will be the most important thing you ever do.
What if we each took five minutes a day to actively listen? How might our world change?
About The Author:
Bobette Buster is the author of Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens(Do Books 2013), the writer and producer of feature documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2018) and several feature and documentary projects, including Charlotte and Laughing Matters: How Satire Shaped American Culture. In 2019, she gave a TEDx Lecture entitled, 'The Radical Act of Storytelling'. She has been a story consultant and speaker to major studios including Pixar, Disney, Sony Animation and Amazon Games, and to leading production companies, as well as advertising and marketing agencies around the world. She lectures and serves on the visiting faculties of many academic institutions, most recently as the Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling at Northeastern University and Adjunct Professor of Storytelling and Science Communication at Tufts University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.