Editor’s Corner: Are you listening? Reply

By Emily LongDigital Editor

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When an editor gets to write the editors column, it means that it’s our turn to step up on our soapbox.

As someone who frequents the opinion section, I have many soapboxes of varying height. From letting administration get their word in with the student body to voicing my concerns about what’s happening at Lasell, my time on The Chronicle has been marked by letting the thoughts that I deem important, coming from my- self or the voice of others, be heard.

As young people, we are told every day that our voice matters; that by speaking out about injustice, inequality and things that matter to us, we can change the world. While that’s true, the most important thing we can do to get our message across is to listen.

As a communication major with a concentration in PR, I’m taught how to speak and communicate my message to the world. However, as I edge further into the professional world, the less important it is for me to do those things. When I’m in a meeting with a PR client, it’s not about me, it’s about their vision. When I communicate with my boss, it’s not my time to shine, it’s my time to listen and ask critical questions of what they expect from me.

Too often, and I’m guilty of this too, we’re in the middle of a conversation and the other person says “Wait, what?” because they were looking at their phone not fully invested in the conversation. It’s incredibly frustrating when I am talking about something that I am passionate about, only to have someone not listen.

When we take the time to actually look someone in the eye and hear what they have to say, we show them we value what they’re saying. It’s the easiest way to show someone we care. When we listen, we gain a certain level of trust from a person who will then be more receptive to our point of view.

If you want to maximise the potential for our voices to be heard and valued,we need to listen to others first. So put your phone down, stop try- ing to answer that email and simply, shut up and listen.

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