Creating Space through Silence – The Art of Listening.

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Ajara I. Pfannenschmidt - Web Craftswoman helps us to create space through silence....

Silence is such a rare occasion that we often don’t know what do with it when it occurs. We have probably all experienced moments when a conversation or a meeting room full of people suddenly goes quiet. This can be a precious moment - sharing silence creates more space within and without. But most of the times we soon start to feel uncomfortable. The stillness seems to get louder and silence is ringing in our ears. A strong urge arises to fill the void with words.

Being comfortable with silence in any meeting, interview or client brief is an expert collaborative behaviour. It helps developing and deepening our listening skills which will lead to a more effective way of communication. Knowing when to be quiet also opens up space for quieter people in the team.

Looking into User Research as an example, we will identify key moments when our insecurities take over and we try to take control through talking. By bringing more awareness into our behaviour, we can increase the quality of the experience for the participants and the results of our research. We explore ways of being present and creating space which allows everybody to relax and communicate in their own voice.

About Ajara
Ajara has been designing and developing digital and analog products for over twenty years. As a freelance interdisciplinary Web Craftswoman she is collaborating with businesses of all sizes to support growth and expansion.

Having spent some years in India meditating, the practice of silence, presence and listening is an integral part of her work and life.
Opening silent spaces and sharing them with others brings her quiet joy

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7.00: Doors open (join us for drinks and networking)
7.30: Talk & Questions
8.30/9: End