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Today’s starting quarterback is Oscar Trimboli, a coach, supervisor, speaker and author of several books including Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words, The 125/400 Rule: The Art and Science of Listening and Breakthroughs: How to Confront Your Assumptions. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organizations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organizations can have when they listen beyond the words. He consults with organizations including Cisco, Google, HSBC, News Corp, PayPal, Qantas, and TripAdvisor, helping executives and their teams listen to what’s unsaid by the customers and employees. Oscar lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Jennie where he helps first-time runners and ocean swimmers conquer their fears. He also contributes to the cure for cancer as part of Can Too, a cancer research charity.
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Oscar is fiercely devoted to teaching people the importance and significance of deep listening and how the brain reacts to information. He is on a quest to create 100 million deep listeners in the world by 2030 by sharing his knowledge and wisdom.
While growing up, Oscar recognized within himself some natural skills around having the capacity to listen well. Working at Microsoft for 11 years, Oscar asked to be part of the college graduate recruitment team where he realized they had a problem. He listened to what the graduates said about the recruiting process and eventually helped create a program that Microsoft took to 26 different countries all because Oscar took the time to listen. Around this time he felt challenged to make listening a significant part of his professional life.
In this episode, we talk about the life and career experiences Oscar had whom made In this episode, we talk about the life and career experiences Oscar had, who made him who is today, as well some of the influencers and mentors he had along his journey. He talks about the science of listening, the brain, the body, and ways we can reach our full potential in health, productivity, and in learning. He also shares some great tips such as how to use technology to minimize the use of our amygdala, the most primitive part of our brain that controls the fight or flight instinct.
Want to improve your listening skills? Listen through to the end of the episode to get three tips from Oscar on how to listen to yourself more effectively, maximize your ability to process ideas and increase your productivity.
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- “The minute we come into the world, we come into the world kicking and screaming and wanting to be noticed and we spend the rest of our lives speaking. If we’ve spent the 20th century learning how to speak, I think the productivity hack of the 21st century is learning how to listen.”
- “Mark Twain said there are only two days in your life that matters. The day you were born and the day you figure out why.”
- “The biggest mistake most people make that blocks them from becoming deeper listener is they don’t listen to themselves…it’s impossible to listen to somebody else. When you’ve got a story going on in your head.”
- “…drink a glass of water at every meeting cause a hydrated brain is a listening brain. The brain consumes 25% of the blood sugars of the body, even though it’s only 4% of the physical mass of the body”
- “…are you choiceful in the way you use technology or are you just defaulting in?”
- “use the technology. Don’t let it use you.”
- “And so the question that poses to me and for you listening, who aren’t you listening to? What aren’t you listening to? What’s going on in all aspects of your life because you’re just listening to what people are saying rather than taking the time to go a little bit further and hearing what they haven’t said?”