Groundbreaking Study Shows ‘Deep Listening’ Over 100 Times More Effective in Winning Undecided Voters Away From Trump

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    • #358857
      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/15/groundbreaking-study-shows-deep-listening-over-100-times-more-effective-winning

      “This impact is larger than the 2016 margin of victory in key battleground states and would translate to 108 electoral votes,” People’s Action said in a statement.

      In a 2017 study of typical campaign strategies, Kalla and Broockman found that the “best estimate of the effects of campaign contact and advertising on Americans’ candidates choices in general elections is zero,” suggesting that organizers must go much further than standard phone banking and door knocking to make an impact on an election’s outcome.

      “It’s extremely difficult to persuade voters in a presidential election. Since taking office, Donald Trump’s approval rating has held incredibly steady,” Kalla and Broockman said in a statement. “People’s Action’s work shows that respectful, non-judgmental conversations are able to move voters where many other tactics have failed, producing meaningful increases in Biden’s vote margin.”

      The strategy itself is not new, but its application during the era the Trump presidency—and in the final weeks of the 2020 election—could prove pivotal.

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      djean111
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      because Biden has not made anyone’s life any better, and promises to continue in that fashion.  Same for Harris.  I cannot think of one positive thing to say about Biden or Harris.  There is nothing there to have any “deep” conversation about.  Lost your job?  Family member died or damaged in combat?  In jail?  Buried in debt?  Can’t afford health care?  Biden/Harris, at the most, have only empty platitudes that do not match up with what they have actually done.  Yeah, Harris co-signs progressive bills that she knows will not make it past Pelosi, but that’s about it.  Maybe the Biden/Harris campaign can revive the old “see the world!” armed forces advertising.  Those deep conversations, given the Biden/Harris record, would have to be either lies, or consist solely of anti-Trump campaign blather.

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      salemcourt
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      LOL, Must be why Biden is buried in his basement.  So that he can do some “deep listening”.

    • #358906
      Punxsutawney
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      Anyone remember Hilary’s “Listening Tour”? How’d that work out?

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      It allowed her to earn brown nosing points as she bobbed her head from prominent Republican to prominent Republican so that she could be indoctrinated into “the club”… Worked for her, as she infected the blend of D’s to R’s further… It was always about her career path to power…

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    • #358913
      Ohio Barbarian
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      If you’re a politician, listen to your constituents, and then tell them how you will improve their lot or at least make them feel better about themselves. @punxsutawney @mrmickeysmom I cannot help but remember when Hillary came to Cleveland on her “listening tour,” went to a public park in a poor neighborhood, found herself facing several hundred mostly working class people, and developed a coughing fit and had to leave after the first question, which if memory serves was something like “You supported NAFTA and the TPP, and you supported intervening in Libya. Why should I vote for you?”

      Her campaign later said she was suffering from an allergy attack. The running joke quickly became that Hillary was allergic to poor neighborhoods with union members.

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    • #358918
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      Perfect for those moments!

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #358940
      Punxsutawney
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      Most definitely!

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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      snot
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      If you’re talking to someone who’s truly undecided, telling might work.  But in my experience, if you’re talking to someone who’s already leaning the other way, the most effective approach is to spend your ENTIRE first contact with them doing “active listening”:

      Ask them about their own problem(s).
      Listen to the answer(s) (without comment, except to say in a non-leading way, can you tell me more about that? or is there anything else that might be helpful to know?)
      Once you’re sure they’ve finished, try to repeat back to them exactly what they told you, as closely as possible in their own words.  Let them tell you any corrections or refinements, then try to repeat those back to them as closely as possible in their own words, until they confirm you’ve got it exactly right.
      Then LEAVE IT at that.
      Do NOT try to counter their facts or arguments; do NOT suggest alternative views; and it’s best not even to share experiences of your own that you think might be similar.  Let the moment be all about them, not your or others’ experiences, info, feelings, beliefs.  Be there solely to learn about them, not to tell them anything.  Then graciously take your leave.

      The next time you talk with them, start by spending some time doing the exact same thing.  Depending on the response you get, you might begin to ask about an alternative point of view.  But go slow; and be open to having your own mind changed.

      It’s a courtship, not an argument.

      I learned about this through some work I did with a white allyship group, working with some psychologists to try to develop a teachable protocol for safe conversations about race.  I found it quite difficult to do, since I can be impatient and also have an awful lot of thoughts and ideas of my own; but I do believe it’s the best approach.  It’s hard to feel you’ve gotten very far if you aren’t going to have repeated contact with the other person; of course – it’s best in situations where you’ll run into them again.  But if the other person already has a clue that you’re on the “other side,” but you spend your entire time with them truly listening and trying to hear them, and then you walk away, I have a feeling you’ll actually have done your side more good than if you’d told them anything more about your position.  At least you’ll have helped establish that we’re not all benighted *ssholes.

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    • #358968
      NJCher
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      but nobody ever does it, so that in effect makes it new.

      snot has a good summary of the most important elements.

      Interpersonal communication (and thus listening) is what I teach. I recall many, many years ago when I dated a psychiatrist from Philadelphia. He told me I was the only person who ever listened to him. He spent his entire day listening to people and yet had no one willing to listen to him.

      Personally, I favor listening over talking.

    • #359049
      3fingerbrown
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      You mean lecturing, finger pointing, and vote shaming isn’t an effective strategy to win over hearts and minds of others?

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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