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Few people realize that there’s a distinct difference between hearing and listening when someone is speaking to them. Hearing takes place when you recognize sound coming from a person’s mouth and the sound is processed through your ears, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually listened to what someone said. To truly hear someone is to let them finish speaking and show, through body language and eye contact, that you’re paying attention. I’ve found that when I’m speaking to someone and I’ve finished speaking, if they ask me a specific question or share a thought that relates to what I said, I know they listened. Effective communication starts with good listening, and I would go so far as to say that it’s crucial for strong relationships. If you find yourself responding immediately to someone who’s said something, this means you were trying to figure out what to say while they were still speaking. 

I hope you listened to what I had to say, but here’s what you missed in the news yesterday. 

Borders Are Bad For Business, Beats, Battlestar Galactica 

According to a recent economic study released on Tuesday, countless American businesses, including manufacturers and farmers, will lose $726 million per day if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to temporarily shutdown the US-Mexico border. Chat Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers told The Hill that over 21,000 companies in the U.S. export to Mexico.

“The NAM has been to the border to witness the situation firsthand. Congress absolutely must tackle comprehensive immigration reform immediately to address the real national security and humanitarian concerns that are a direct result of our current broken system. We’re getting somewhat mixed messages from the markets right now. We have really strong job growth, optimism is high when I talk to firms about their overall outlook, but they also have this lingering worry about the global economy, and looking at Germany and China, we’re already seeing materially slower growth than even a couple of months ago.”

Chad Moutray

Bern, Baby Bern That Money!

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is back at it again with the white hairs and is showing no signs of slowing down. Sanders in February announced his entrance into the pantheon of candidates running for president in the 2020 election. According to recent reports, he’s raised $18.2 million from over five-hundred thousand donors since his initial announcement. If these numbers are in fact correct, Sander has raised more money than any other Democratic presidential candidate currently in the running. 

Compared to other candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris, Sanders has raised most of his funds from smaller donors rather than deep-pocketed individuals. 

“We’re building a campaign to win and we’re planning to win from the outset.”

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager for Sanders 2020

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