We All Just Want to Be Heard

Motivational speakers are big on studies that prove a point.  So when I found one that supported something I’d been contending for a long time – I felt wildly validated.

Over 100,000 teenagers were asked what they wanted more than anything in the world and overwhelmingly their number one answer was “My parents to listen to me.”

I don’t believe, however, that it’s just teenagers who need this.  I think we ALL want to know that our feelings are important, and that when we speak, we get heard.  We want to know that we matter and what we think is  worthy of being listened to.  All of us.

This past Saturday morning, my amazing 87 year old mother-in-law, made a pronouncement.  Although she does not go out very often, she announced that she wanted to go down to the Sarasota Bayfront and join the thousands of people who would be walking in support of her candidate for president.   My first thought was…oh wait. Is this a good idea?   I went on to compile a list in my head of why it might not be smart to do this. It’s going to be 90 degrees out there. People will be walking a two mile trek across a bridge in the blasting sun at midday. She doesn’t walk well on uneven ground.  She doesn’t hear well and she has arthritis so bad that holding up a sign for even one hour could be difficult for her.

And then I remembered.  We ALL just want to be heard. We want to be able to say, “This is what I think,”  and know that someone is listening. And I realized –  she absolutely HAD to go. It was really, really important for her to go.

So we got her a chair, a bottle of water, a little bag of grapes, and a sign she could hold up.  We nestled her under a shade tree at the beginning of the walk, and off we went.  And as we were coming back I noticed that every time someone went by in their car and honked their horn, my phenomenal little mother-in-law proudly raised her sign high in the air. Smiling. Knowing that she got to declare how she felt – at least about this one thing. And people appeared to be listening.

Please, God, remind me often to give people the floor, let them speak – and really listen.

Motivational speaker, Linda Larsen




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. So true. So true. As a motivational speaker, I have seen what blooms when you tell somebody that they matter – when you tell them that they are put here for a purpose – when you show them that they make a difference.  When you listen and validate. Nobody wants to be discounted.

  2. This is beautiful and heartfelt. Pure truth. How blessed she is to have you as her daughter-in-law. Someone who not only listened but took action.

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