“When you have a conversation with someone, you have to be still for a few minutes, take it in, ask questions, acknowledge that you hear them, get some eye contact, and let them know you’re paying attention. Body language is important. Nod your head once in a while and say ‘Yeah’ or ‘Uh-huh’ occasionally so they know you understand what they’re saying.
“I try to listen as best I can, but I can talk a mile a minute too. I interrupt sometimes and talk too much. I might give a little advice if a person wants it or give somebody a number to call where they can get help, but I can’t counsel. I’m not a psychologist. My wife thinks I act like Bob Newhart sometimes though [*laughs*].
“When people listen to me, I feel blessed. It touches me deeply that they’ve got a few minutes to spend with me. They let me speak my mind and get it off my chest if I’ve got some worries or problems. I’m very grateful to those people who give me a minute to have the floor. I hope I’m giving that back to other people. When I can do that, it’s very satisfying.”