It was the fall of 2009, I had just sold my business and I was trying to figure out what my next career move would be. I was sitting on the beach reading a book by Dan Miller called “No More Mondays” when I had my “aha moment”. The book described a new opportunity that would increase in popularity over the coming years known as “people whispering” in which a certain skill set would be utilized when communicating with people. This appeared to be just the opportunity that I was looking for.
I especially like this definition of a people whisperer from the book “Secrets of the People Whisperer” by Perry Wood.
A people whisperer uses a technique in which they “hold the space”. That means that they listen to someone by being totally present; it means giving their heart, love and full attention to the other person. This allows the other person all the room they need to express themselves. The people whisperer creates a peaceful and safe environment where the other person can express whatever they need to express or say whatever they need to say.
Other characteristics of a people whisperer include:
- People Whisperers are highly skilled communicators who enhance communication and build relationships.
- People Whisperers truly understand other people.
- People Whisperers are aware of what they and other people are communicating on many levels; mentally, verbally, physically and spiritually.
- People Whisperers are adept at interacting with kindness, understanding, power and subtlety.
- People Whisperers do not judge. They are noble, quick-witted and very powerful. They sense true intentions, integrity and have an innate sense of justice.
- People Whisperers have the ability to move others.
I will be honest in that I am not a huge fan of the title “people whisperer”. Because I am not a trained therapist or counselor, but believe that I am gifted in certain areas of communication, I will just utilize that title for now.