071 TSP Habit 4: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood | Listen From the Heart

Stephen Covey’s Habit 4 advises Suzuki teachers and parents to seek first to understand, then be understood in order to be effective when working with children. This type of listening from the heart can be one of the hardest habits to develop because it demands that we actually share the feelings and thoughts of others before we communicate our own.

This is the fourth habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses how habit 4 might look from the teacher’s or parent’s perspective and offers a few ideas about how to manage habit 4.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (here is the Kindle version)

067: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast episode that introduces the series)

Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost (podcast)

Habit 3: Put First Things First | Manage Yourself (podcast)

Brene Brown’s video about empathy (video)

Asking the Right Questions (podcast)

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

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Author: Paula Bird

I am a professional violinist, university teacher, and private instructor with training in the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I have decades of experience as a teacher and am willing to share my knowledge with parents and teachers of children who are learning music using the Suzuki Method.

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