- “It’s so great you’ve returned to our blog.”
- “I see you’ve put effort into reading this blog. I appreciate it!”
- “I can tell you want to learn more about building community. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post about your learning goals.”
- “Curious as to why I’m using quotes?”
All of the above (except that last one!) are examples of active listening, the topic of this post!
Most youth enjoy talking about themselves once they feel comfortable enough doing so. When they see you after some time they are eager to share their recent adventures and tell about highlights in their lives.
I recognize some people have very different or opposing experiences. For some it can be difficult getting young people to talk about anything! One of the causes: a lack of rapport.