“You did well today Frank,” the debate team coach said. “I do have one correction to your approach that I’d like to offer up. I don’t mean to be flippant, Frank, but you need to listen more for understanding than for for rebuttal. I’m trying to be impartial in my critique, but I thought you missed some good points the opposing player made because you stopped listening to what she was saying and you were already thinking through how to respond. I know it can be a conundrum for any debater to not begin to formulate their response before their opponent has finished their argument, but if your opponent made some strong points and you missed them because you were focused on what you intended to say, you’re going to lose the debate. Does that make sense to you, Frank!”

“I’m sorry, Coach,” Frank said, “were you talking to me? I wasn’t really listening. I had something else on my mind.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (correction), Ragtag Daily Prompt (flippant) , Fandango’s One Word Challenge (rebuttal), Your Daily Word Prompt (impartial), and Word of the Day Challenge (conundrum).

10 thoughts on “Feedback

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2023 / 1:31 pm

    One of Garry’s first interviews — while still working at the college radio station — was with Merv Griffin who told him the most IMPORTANT skill he could develop was to LISTEN. He did listen — and his interviews were much better because of that.

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    • Fandango April 19, 2023 / 2:21 pm

      I did have a debate coach in high school and he drummed, “Listen for understanding, not for rebuttal” into the team members’ heads every chance he got


  2. bushboy April 19, 2023 / 3:46 pm

    I wife says I don’t listen to her…..or at least that’s what I think she said 😂

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    • Fandango April 19, 2023 / 11:19 pm

      I will ask my wife something and she’ll say, “I just told you that. You never listen to anything I say!”

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      • bushboy April 20, 2023 / 1:40 am

        But you did listen just that it was too subliminal for her subtle nuances but then again you probably had your hearing aids turned off 😂

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