Today’s a day that started with Tiff and I heading to the gym on our Friday morning.

Friday has always been “date day” but we’re mixing it up a little. Our Lover Palooza begins tonight at 6pm and runs through the entire weekend. 

I normally do the business part of our coaching business (no clients) mostly on Wednesday and Saturdays but we’re getting a little crazy and changing things up (nothing like a little variety in life), so here I sit typing away in a new Starbucks. 

God, I love Starbucks!

People quietly chatting nearby.

MacBooks everywhere you look. Nothing quite like Apple products to make your life brighter.

The sound of Ice cubes falling into a cup, espressos being made, “what are you doing this weekend,” coming out of the mouth of the sweetest human ever from behind the counter.

I sit here on a comfy bench seat, sipping on my grande iced americano, and feeling totally impressed with how fast the internet speed is. Nice!

Wait a second, I just realize I left my cell phone out in the car. Never a good idea.

The guy next to me looks trustworthy, I’m going to ask him to keep an eye on my computer for me while I grab my phone.

Ok, I’m back.

Nice people are so nice. It feels good to trust another person, even if you don’t know them. 

Yesterday we got up, went to the gym, came home and each made our own breakfast (because we eat different things sometimes), recorded our podcast, washed our “stink” off and then went to work and coached the world’s best clients. 

The podcast is about being a good listener, because being a good listener is the single greatest skill a person can have (right after being a good lover ?).

Have you ever had a time when you thought you knew what someone was going to say and jumped in to finish their sentence and you were 100% off base and felt like a fool? I have. Not my favorite thing.

I’ve been working on my listening skills and I would like to publicly thank the Gottman’s for writing the book, “The Man’s Guide to Women.” 

This book has quite literally made my listening and therefore my relationship, even better.  Our intimacy has jumped by at least half again, and that’s a big deal to me because I love our love and the more we can both feel that for-and-from each other, the better life feels all the way around.

Hence episode 082 was birthed and it was a quick and enjoyable delivery. 😉

We talked about good listening and good questions to ask to spark more connective conversation and we also talked about the things NOT to say when being a good listener.

Have you had the experience of sharing your frustration over something you’re going through in life and the person you’re talking to says, “I’m sure they didn’t mean it…” How did that make you feel? Like your feelings just don’t matter? 

Listening is an art, and requires patience and lots of practice.

Now I’ve gotta run and finish editing our podcast and adding the music to it so you have it in your inbox bright and early Sunday morning.

Have a wonderful, beautiful and delicious day.

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