My late mother was the greatest listener of all time. She had a special talent for honestly receiving the opinions and feelings of others that made her beloved by nearly everyone.
And her gift of that has been one of my greatest career assets.
As a journalist, most of my best stories began with listening to someone who had been silenced, dismissed or discounted by others. Great storytelling begins with opening your mind to the unfamiliar or uncomfortable and striving to connect with the shared truth it reveals.