Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker

 

How Well Do You Listen?

Listening means:
• opening your heart to fully experience what someone is communicating to you
• giving absolute attention to the sound waves that roll off another person’s tongue
• mirroring the other person’s body language
• resisting the desire to speak until the other person finishes sharing his or her perspective
• being empathic
• putting your pride aside
• managing your emotion and internal dialogue

• seeking to understand the other person’s needs and feelings - Kyle D Jones

 

How well do you listen?

For me it is a conscious effort to remain present. Remaining present is holding off any judgement, asking questions to ensure that I fully understand what is being communicated. Remaining present is me not hatching a response before the person has completed their point. 

I practise listening because it is a wonderful way of learning. It provides a platform for building emotional intelligence.

In this conscious effort to listen I have found myself saying "I hear ya" quite a bit, both to family and to friends. "I hear ya" is my way of letting others know that I am listening, I am being present.

I have learnt that when I am fully present, in the moment, minus the judgement, the lessons and the feelings involved pave the way for so much richness. It opens a path for as Kyle Jones mentions, empathy and understanding. 

Listening is a way of letting go of control. Of knowing that things may not be our way, and that is not the end of the world.

Listening allows for a new perspective, a different view

Listening allows for the total belief in self!

As Maya Angelo people will always remember how you made them feel

Peace

Have you read any of Akosua's work?

What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

 

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Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School