"An appreciative listener is always stimulating."
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"It takes a great man to be a good listener."

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Creative listening

A versifier passes through the sound; sounds go through a poet." ― Dejan Stojanovic, Serbian Satire and Aphorisms

It's called the Infinity Effect

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A friend asks, "Tell me one word which is significant in any kind of relationship." Another friend says, "LISTEN!"
"Running overtime is the one unforgivable error a lecturer can make. After fifty minutes (one microcentury as von Neumann used to say) everybody's attention will turn elsewhere." ― Gian-Carlo Rota, Indiscrete Thoughts

NEW DELHI, MAY 10 : Listening is an art. To be well performed it requires more than just letting sound waves enter passively into the ear. Good listening is an alive process demanding active and alert participation. The art of listening stimulates creativity in the minds listener , said Sir Mark Tully British Jurnalist and former BBC India Corresspondent

"A versifier passes through the sound; sounds go through a poet." ― Dejan Stojanovic, Serbian Satire and Aphorisms

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process.Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.

PRSI- Delhi Chapter launched the Samvad-Series for the fraternity of fellow professionals. The Samvad Series was launched by Sir William Mark Tully on 10th May 2019, at the SCOPE Convention Centre, Delhi with a Lecture on "Creative Listening. The Jam packed, Tagore Hall, with standing and overflowing audience witnessed the launch ceremony and listened Sir William Mark Tully with concentration, devotion and full understanding. Sir William Mark Tully took Q&A session, which equally engrossed the audience and talk got extended to diversified subjects. Sir mark Tully was given the Standing Ovation in the beginning of talk. His was frequently greeted with heart felt clapping by the audience during his talk.

Mark Tully, who is known for his convictions and commitments on whatever he undertakes; opened the talk with references from Indian Mythology and Scriptures. He emphasised that India and Indians are known for skilful communications and good communication is the foundation of good public relations. He emphasised, how listening is important to understanding the other person's content and intent and this makes or breaks the relationships. He dwelt upon, how art of listening is associated with development of self. He elaborated that it is listening that connects you with the inner-mind, intellect and Soul. He referred to Radio as one of the medium that inculcates habit of listening among the masses. He mentioned that listening gives you an opportunity to draw inferences from the speakers talk and you can draw you own imaginations in your mind about the situation and the individuals; as such it further inspires an individual to under take his creative pursuits. His narrations were highly appreciated by the audience and were supported with clapping. He highlighted the development of Radio in the post independence era. He gave the analogy of fad for travel by air; how people travel by air even to destination which are more comfortable to cover by train or road; similarly fad for television is working against radio.

Mark Tully a;lso dwelt on the Samvad in the society in today's contest in general and political context in particular. He highlighted how over a period of time Samvad has been dominated by acquisitions and cross-acquisitions rather than constructive and convincing arguments and cross arguments. He emphasised how creative and effective listening has been adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teressa and other great leaders of the world in bringing together the masses and build nations. He once again drew attention of PR professionals for deeply understanding this to meet the professional intent in developing and communication their message to the masses in a more efficient and effect manner. This being the first lecture in the Series of Samavad; the Samvad Logo was unveiled by Sir William Mark Tully and on this occasion he invited the Executive Committee Members to join him; and he complemented the team PRSI-Delhi Chapter for this yeomen service to the society.

Earlier , the welcome address was given by Chairman, PRSI-Delhi Chapter, Mr aresh Kumar. Mr Pallab Bhattacharya, Executive Director (CC), ONGC introduced Sir Willaim Mark Tully to the audience and Mr GS Bawa introduced the Samvad Series and gave the punch line as "Productivity through Effective Samvad".


The word derived from Latin word "radius"

The word "radio" is derived from the Latin word "radius", meaning "spoke of a wheel, beam of light, ray". It was first applied to communications in 1881 when, at the suggestion of French scientist Ernest Mercadier, Alexander Graham Bell adopted "radiophone" (meaning "radiated sound") as an alternate name for his photophone optical transmission system.[8] However, this invention would not be widely adopted. Following Heinrich Hertz's discovery of the existence of radio waves in 1886, a variety of terms were initially used for this radiation, including "Hertzian waves", "electric waves", and "ether waves". The first practical radio communications systems, developed by Guglielmo Marconi in 1894-5, transmitted telegraph signals by radio waves, so radio communication was first called "wireless telegraphy". Up until about 1910 the term "wireless telegraphy" also included a variety of other experimental systems for transmitting telegraph signals without wires, including electrostatic induction, electromagnetic induction and aquatic and earth conduction, so there was a need for a more precise term referring exclusively to electromagnetic radiation.

The theater of the mind

The first use of radio- in conjunction with electromagnetic radiation appears to have been by French physicist Édouard Branly, who in 1890 developed the coherer detector, which he called in French a radio-conducteur.[9] The radio- prefix was later used to form additional descriptive compound and hyphenated words, especially in Europe. For example, in early 1898 the British publication The Practical Engineer included a reference to "the radiotelegraph" and "radiotelegraphy",[10] The French text of both the 1903 and 1906 Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conventions includes the phrases "radiotélégraphique" and "radiotélégrammes".

The use of "radio" as a standalone word dates back to at least December 30, 1904, when instructions issued by the British Post Office for transmitting telegrams specified that "The word 'Radio'... is sent in the Service Instructions".[11] This practice was universally adopted, and the word "radio" introduced internationally, by the 1906 Berlin Radiotelegraphic Convention, which included a Service Regulation specifying that "Radiotelegrams shall show in the preamble that the service is 'Radio'".

The switch to "radio" in place of "wireless" took place slowly and unevenly in the English-speaking world. Lee de Forest helped popularize the new word in the United States—in early 1907 he founded the DeForest Radio Telephone Company, and his letter in the June 22, 1907 Electrical World about the need for legal restrictions warned that "Radio chaos will certainly be the result until such stringent regulation is enforced".[12] The United States Navy would also play a role. Although its translation of the 1906 Berlin Convention used the terms "wireless telegraph" and "wireless telegram", by 1912 it began to promote the use of "radio" instead. The term started to become preferred by the general public in the 1920s with the introduction of broadcasting. (the word broadcasting originated with the agricultural term meaning roughly "scattering seeds widely".) British Commonwealth countries continued to commonly use the term "wireless" until the mid-20th century, though the magazine of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the UK has been called Radio Times since its founding in the early 1920s.

In recent years "wireless" has gained renewed popularity as a more general term for devices communicating using electromagnetic radiation, either radio waves or light, due to the rapid growth of short-range computer networking, e.g., wireless local area networks Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as well as cell phones, to distinguish these uses from traditional "radio" communication, such as broadcasting.

Listening an art

One should abandon or put aside all prejudices

There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, pre-formulations and daily activities. When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something. But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously. That is going to be one of our difficulties. The more we take our growth seriously, the more we will develop the desire to do so. And the more we get rid of our own neurotic shackles, the freer we will become to grow within ourselves, and to love and have concern for others. Thus we shall acquire a rational faith which will have the certainty and firmness of our own convictions, and this will pervade our entire concept of life.

"I was always fishing for something on the radio. Just like trains and bells, it was part of the soundtrack of my life. I moved the dial up and down and Roy Orbison's voice came blasting out of the small speakers. His new song, "Running Scared," exploded into the room." - Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

For listening to be effective as an art, we must be active participants in its whole process. This means not only working just through our ears. It also means responding holistically with our full hearing capacity and our inner perceptions. It entails being fully attentive and awake, alert at every minute to screen out inner prejudices, condemnations or preconceived notions. It means being active in thought and feeling and with one's eyes and ears to avoid inertia. It means being open and receptive to others. It demands of us an enhanced vitality, an aliveness, and a firm desire to commune with others. With all this in hand, we shall grow healthily as human beings, able to influence others with meaning. So we shall arrive at a sustained level of mutual and truthful communication (less)

Sir William Mark Tully :

A doyen of Indian journalism

Sir William Mark Tully, (born 24 October 1935 is the former Bureau Chief of the BBC, New Delhi. He worked with the BBC for a period of 30 years before resigning in July 1994. He held the position of Chief of Bureau, BBC, Delhi, for 20 years. He has received awards and written books. He is a member of the Oriental Club. Tully was born in Tollygunge, British India. His father was a British businessman who was a partner in one of the leading managing agencies of the British Raj. He spent the first decade of his childhood in India, although without being allowed to socialise with Indian people; at the age of four, he was sent to a "British boarding school" in Darjeeling, before going to England for further schooling from the age of nine. He was educated at Twyford School (Hampshire), Marlborough College and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Theology. Tully's personal life has been complex. In 2001 he was married to Margaret Tully by whom he had 4 children. When in London he lived with his wife. When in India however, he lives with his partner Gillian Wright.

The journalistic career

After joining BBC in 1964 moved back to India in 1965

Tully joined the BBC in 1964 and moved back to India in 1965 to work as the India Correspondent. He covered all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure, ranging from Indo-Pakistan conflicts, Bhopal gas tragedy, Operation Blue Star (and the subsequent assassination of Indira Gandhi, anti-Sikh riots), Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to the Demolition of Babri Masjid. He was barred from entering India during Emergency in 1975–77 when Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi had imposed censorship curbs on the media. Tully's first book on India Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle (1985) was co-authored with his colleague in BBC Delhi, Satish Jacob; the book dealt with the events leading up to Operation Blue Star, the Indian army's attack on Sikhs in the Golden Temple at Amritsar. His next book Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence was written with Zareer Masani, and was based on a BBC radio series of the same name. In the US, this book was published under the title India: Forty Years of Independence. Tully's No Full Stops in India (1988), a collection of journalistic essays, was published in the US as The Defeat of a Congress-man. The Independent wrote that "Tully's profound knowledge and sympathy .. unravels a few of the more bewildering and enchanting mysteries of the subcontinent."