National Day of Listening
Did you ever have the opportunity to meet people in your life? National Day of Listening encourages people to share their stories. This day is about sharing stories and helping people understand each other.
StoryCorps, an American non-profit that preserves and shares the stories of Americans, started this unofficial holiday in 2008. National Day of Listening focuses on family members. People are asked to listen to the stories of their relatives and to interview them.
When he was young, Dave Isay loved spending time with his great grandparents. He decided to record them all one day, and they loved it all. However, a few years later, they died and he lost his tape. StoryCorps was established in 2003 by him to give people the opportunity to listen to their stories.
He believes that people enjoy being listened to as it makes them feel valued in their lives. This holiday and the associated organization aim to share these stories in order to connect people with their humanity.
Their webpage states that data from StoryCorps Online Listener Surveys was collected from almost 600 listeners between May 2014 to November 2015.
It was clear that listeners had a better understanding of people from different backgrounds, races and religions. Many were able to see the importance of people and how they can help each other.
It is easiest to get a recording device, listen to your family members or close friends and then ask them questions. It is a good idea to begin with the basics and then move on to more complex questions.
Continue to ask questions as you go through the interview. You can also access their stories via their website and mobile app.
You can also make this day a workday where your co-workers can interview each other and hopefully improve their work relationships. Remember that people need someone to listen and help them through their problems.