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Our pastor, Fr. Don Cullen, was teaching an adult religious education class recently, talking about lessons learned in more than three decades of religious life.

One lesson was when a child hands you a picture he or she has made, starts to tell you about it, and then looks for your reaction, the correct thing to say is, “Tell me more.”

Not only does “tell me more” work in this instance, it got me thinking about all the other business and life situations in which it’s the best thing to say such as when:

  • Somebody is telling you about a confusing situation and is looking for a reaction
  • You’re stumped for an answer when someone asks you a question
  • Another person is on the verge of figuring out a dilemma they’re struggling with
  • You’re learning valuable new information from someone

Since it seems like at least one of these situations crops up daily, I’m trying to say, “Tell me more,” much more frequently. – Mike Brown

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  • http://www.AlexGpR.com Alex Greenwood

    Tell me more.

  • http://www.whatastitch.blogspot.com Leslie

    Great advice! I need to remember this and add it to my daily encounters as well.

  • Paul Qpix

    I’ve no idea how I stumbled across this post, but I love the advice and look forward to using it to encourage my son a bit more, and to understand my colleagues too for that matter…

    • http://www.brainzooming.com Mike Brown

      I’m glad you found it, Paul, and pleased that it’s going to be helpful to you. Fr. Cullen has since retired, but his wisdom continues to work!