President Franklin Roosevelt once became aware that the people around him were not really listening to him. So, he decided to try an experiment. As people came through the receiving line to greet him, he smiled and said calmly, "I just murdered my grandmother."
"Good for you," "I'm glad to hear it." Excellent, keep it up." "We are proud of you," came the responses.
Only one person coming through the line appeared to hear what President Roosevelt had said. It was the Prime Minister of Bolivia. His response was, "I'm sure she deserved it."
Do you pay attention to what the people around you are saying? What kind of listener are you?