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Putting Out Fires

WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?

Who’s Listening Anyway?

BY WILLIAM J. JOYNER PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK GUTIERREZ

A GUN IN THE HANDS OF A RESPONSIBLE, LAWABIDING CITIZEN IS NO DIFFERENT THAN AN EXTINGUISHER.

0òò®êòąëÔëÅȅ¨ä“ĉĉȇe“Ôĉ´ĪòĔąғë®ÔÄĪòĔғģ´“ķą´´ĩďÔëguisher in your home. You, Miss, in the sweats with the bagel in front of you. You plan to burn your house down? No? Then why have an extinguisher if you won’t be starting “ÒòĔĉ´ķą´ȋ TÒȇAĔĉďÔ먓ĉ´ȋnò¨òëď“ÔëÔďĉòê´ĤғďĔëďÔäďÒ´ķą´®´partment arrives? I can understand that. It’s not like they can be everywhere at once, right? And it’s your responsibility to ®òĤғďĪòĔ¨“ëďòĂąòď´¨ďĪòĔąĉ´äÄÔëďÒ´ķąĉďÄ´Ĥêòê´ëďĉ òÄ“ķą´Ȋ0òďÔďȊ iòȅĤғď®´Ä´ëĉÔģ´ķą´“ąê®òĪòĔòĤëȋ You don’t have one? Why not? Ah. I see. The police will save you, so you have no reĉĂòëĉÔ§ÔäÔďĪďò®òĤғďĪòĔ¨“ëďòĂąòď´¨ďĪòĔąĉ´äÄÔëďÒ´ķąĉď moments of an assault upon your home or person. Do I have that right? Oh, I see. You also don’t have the years of weapons and Äòą¨´ﱓÔëÔëÅäÔá´“ëòĴ¨´ąȊ So, you’ll be getting rid of that extinguisher until you gradĔ“ď´ÄąòêďÒ´ķą´“¨“®´êĪȋLòȋ In addition to being fun to shoot, a gun in the hands of a responsible, law-abiding citizen is no different than an extinguisher: both stop unexpected problems or contain them until ďÒ´ĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“äĉķë“ääĪ“ąąÔģ´Ȋ Think about it. I

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T I T L E : W H O ’ S L I S T E N I N G A N Y W A Y ?: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE LISTENING AUTHOR: JOHN LOVITT, ED.D. ILLUSTRATOR: BILL BRISTOW PUBLISHER: LANGMARC PUBLISHING nÒ´“ĔďÒòąĉ“Īĉȅ“Many people underestimate the value of listening and overestimate their skill as listeners.” John Lovitt, Ed.D., wrote this short, easy-to-read book to educate people on the importance of listening and to help them improve their listening skills. Lovitt is a personal and corporate coach, trainer, psychotherapist, and writer whose passion for helping individuals improve their personal and business communication shines through the page. The author begins by sharing the importance of listening in his own life—beginning with his grandfather and father effectively listening to him as a child. He goes on to talk about emotional dehydration—how listeners can allow themselves to be drained of energy and self-esteem—and what it takes to rehydrate them. The book describes the four components of listening, the eight roadblocks that listeners put in their own way to prevent understanding, and the traps that speakers can create for listeners. Dr. Lovitt includes a scale he created to assess listening skills so readers can see where they need to improve and measure their progress. The humorous illustrations help readers understand and remember the concepts. The better people listen, the more effective they will be in their professional and personal lives. Who’s Listening Anyway?ê“Ī§´“ëÔ®´“äķąĉďĉď´ĂòëďÒ´ąò“®ďòÔêĂąòģÔëÅ listening skills. I

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San Antonio Influence  

April/ May 2017

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April/ May 2017