1. Listening Deeply
About This Course
Listening deeply is a powerful skill. Most people are surprised to learn how much their own inner voice and emotions distract them from truly hearing another person. This course teaches how to pay rapt attention. And it teaches when and why to do it.
- Section 1 – Build Awareness
- Section 2 – Listening Session Techniques
- Section 3 – Transitions & Trust
- Section 4 – Handling Complexity
Some of the video topics:
- How the word “listen” includes written, drawn, and physical forms of communication
- Starting a listening session with a germinal question, with no interview questions at all
- Seeing the conceptual layers of a topic, and aiming for the core interior cognition
- Allowing the person to lead the conversation, to speak about their experiences as it is pertinent to them
- Developing trust with the person, showing that you see their thinking and emotions as valid, and becoming wary of your own assumptions
- Recognizing where there might be more interior cognition
- Self-care with regard to a listening session and to a career in product strategy
- Triggers, knowing your threshold in advance, and handling various situations with both the person’s safety and yours in mind
It may seem counter-intuitive to take time to listen when you want to solve problems, but it’s foundational. In product and service design, listening deeply allows you to learn other people’s thinking and approaches to the purposes your organization intends to support. It is the path to discovering whole new opportunities. To this point, listening deeply is the way to create an opportunity map and thinking styles. These let you consider how well you are helping people achieve their purpose using an approach matched to them. And it helps you explain clearly to your stakeholders how your solutions are actually harming people. Listening is the key.
- Videos that don’t require you to look at the screen
- Self-assessment quizzes
- Practice instructions and reflections
- Downloadable diagrams
- Closed captions for each video, along with descriptive transcripts
- Accessible PDFs
- Downloadable transcripts
- Add on Live Group Meetings for exercises & discussion with Indi
- Live Group Meetings count toward Certification in Problem Space Research
- Membership in Indi’s Slack workspace (no time limit)
Who is this for?
If you are a researcher, a listening session is very different than an interview. Learn how to let the participant direct the conversation and how to encourage the participant to uncover a trio of concept types that provide the richness of understanding you need in your data.
If you are a leader or team member, listening deeply is how you build relationships, giving other people the gift of feeling heard. By understanding their guiding principles, you are able to collaborate more effectively, with less strife and misunderstanding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I have questions about the course content, will Indi answer them for me?
A: Asking a question in the Slack community will give Indi, her team, and many other Slack members a chance to see the question and respond to it.
Q: Do the recordings count toward Indi’s Problem Space Certification Program?
A: Not quite. You will want to bundle the recordings with the Live Meetings to count toward certification.
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