Hmmm… and other powerful utterances

I did it again yesterday, and again today.  I was talking with pastors and I made what I know are valuable noises.  Principally “Hmmm,” “uh-huh,” and “Yea.”

I can tell that when I talk with pastors and others that these little wordless responses actually nudge a person to say more and to keep talking.  Without saying anything, the person knows I am listening and am genuinely interested what is being said.  Indeed, those little noises make a valuable contribution. 

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