Just tell me the truth...

@krajibg (11936)
Guwahati, India
August 15, 2009 9:19am CST
Well my lottres friends, Many of you expressed your stance on listening that you would listen to a lecture or speaker for as long as he/she speaks provided that is interesting. But I have a doubt on your conviction. There is a limit of everything and this seems a hyperbole when someone says that he/she can go on listening if the subject matter is interesting and has affinity with his/her interest. Now my question can you go on listening to any interesting topic more than two hours? Please share... Rajib/ 15.08.09
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13 responses
• India
15 Aug 09
I don’t know but I think I could. Only yesterday I had gone to my son’s school for a parent-teacher meet and before that we had to listen to the principle. Well, at the beginning I was getting very bored for fifteen twenty minutes but then I started getting involved about what she was saying. Her speech included child care, to parental guidance, to marital discord and its influence on the child, Swine Flu, exam fear and a lot of other things which were of interest to me. I never noticed when time flew and an hour has gone! I could have gone on listening to her for quite some time more if time permitted.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
hi Sudipta, Might be it was a parents teacher meet and you had discourse among yourself and may be the principal who lectured so well did not go beyond two hours or she might have had some parents involved while she was rambling or digressing. I do not say, however, that there not people who are really incapable but exceptions are not rules. you agree with me?
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
20 Aug 09
i can last listening to a lecture even more than 2 hours, if the speaker is funny or speaks in an interesting way. i tried that already and the lecture is about parenting. the lecture is not just he speaking but everybody was participating. everybody was involve with the lecture. so i guess the secret so that people will get to hear you istead of thinking when are you going to finish is to be funny and bubbly at the same time.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
Hi there, Yes in that situation when both the participants and the speaker or the mover are involved one can extent the patience of listening more than two hours but still this would be an exception for my point was once ability or power to sustain any one sided lecture more than two hours. Thanks for the response.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
typo -'one's' is there as 'once'.
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Aug 09
More than two hours? Some movies are longer than that and I have done so. It depends on the subject matter and if I am really into it or not. Didn't you send this one out once before? I have written an article about just this subject and here is the link: http://www.ehow.com/how_4697056_listen.html
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
No celti, Movies and theater are not to be paralleled here for I was asking one's patience to listen more than to hours if there is one speaker and you are mere an audience and there is hardly any interaction between the speakers and the participants. Would you still go more than two hours?
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Aug 09
YES, if it is a good movie.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
16 Aug 09
sure. if you can listen and watch an interesting movie for more than 2 hours, why not listen to an interesting lecture or speaker for more than 2 hours? it all depends on how interesting it is.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
23 Aug 09
Hi fifileigh, There is difference between your watching a movie and listening to a lecture. While you watch an interesting the movie there are three things working together. You have audio, video and and your emotion. You even identify yourself with the characters there but you have no such access in just listening a lecture. Right?
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 09
Listening, I would say, is the finest art still to be mastered by man. I think any layman will not be able to sit for so long listening to the speaker in front without getting restless even how interesting the topic might be. But it is different case if they have intervals and with few speakers taking charge of the mike. It can at least create an interesting atmosphere in the lecture room. Your answer will include unhesitantly those few who always have the interest and patience to hear you out, or to "sit up" and listen as they might truly appreciate your magnetic personality.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
15 Aug 09
Hi zands, That is the right point and nothing else is there to add.
@suchi60 (913)
• India
15 Aug 09
Action speaks louder than words and thats what we all expect. Sitting through an interesting lecture for more haan 10 minutes can be a drab, so why think of hours?
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
Hi suchi, Here the proverb is not applicable for we are talking about real life situation when there would be a person to go on speaking more than two hours. What would you do if you are not interested in that?
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Yes, i think I can go listen to a speaker of more than 2 hours if he or she is able to handle the topic well and not boring. It has to be with tools and right presentation when discussing the topic so the listeners would be attentive. The speaker should also be interacting well with his or her listeners. Not just continuous talking but also call them and take part of the discussion, in that way it can be both lively and entertaining as well as being informative to help the listeners get exactly what the topic is. If someone just speak in front without even getting an eye contact nor smile to his or her audience and thus seems to talk so low and not powerful, I would be sleeping on that kind of seminar or so. Anyway, a lecturer should be most of all be prepared.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
Hi chocko, IO accept all irregularities and in all of such nature one could really extend the time from two hours to three or even four. But what I was asking was in a situation when there is hardly any two way communication and you are just to listen what I speak, might be you would bear me for maximum two hours with uninturuprted attention but not beyond. Am I correct. Just you can apply in practice. lol
@rosepedal64 (4192)
• United States
15 Aug 09
I didn't get in on the previous discussion on this matter. I will try to give you my honest opionion. It would only be fair to the speaker to stay and listen or even try to listen. I would put myself in that situtation. If someone got up and left during my speach, I would notice this immediatly and in return it would cause me to lose my thoughts. This would cause a big embarrassment to myself. We need to think about the speaker and what they would feel if someone walked out. Otherwords give the speaker some respect. Also look at this way, would you want to the attention drawn to you by leaving?
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
15 Aug 09
Hi thee, This is true. The speaker himself must be able to judge the situation. And the listening part is a different thing. If Ia am speaking and people are moving round I should understand that I am to stop.
@glords (2615)
• United States
15 Aug 09
I don't know... I guess after two hours it would get redundant, but I think as long as they keep it fresh. I've sat through movies that were longer then 2 hours, and our church runs for 3 hours each Sunday. I've also read entire books in one sitting, which is kind of like listening to the same subject for more then two hours. However most of the time I find that short and sweet is much better. You don't want your audience to be thinking about the time rather than your message.
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@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
15 Aug 09
Hi glords, You are right that you can sit in the hall watching movie more than two hours for there is the audio visual aids and you identify yourself with one or the character and the same applies on novels too. There are too characters and in our imagination we get so involved with the character over there that you would not realize how many hours you passed. I remember myself reading novel for four hours at a stretch. But in real life situation if you are to made sit to listen a lecture, I bet you would start yawning after an hour...
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
16 Aug 09
I think it can be done if the speaker manages to keep the topic interesting enough for the audience not to lose focus. This could be accomplished with good public speaking skills and perhaps involving props or audience participation. In my opinion, we can all sit and listen for a long time if what we are hearing is appealing enough. I don’t think there is a time limit.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
Hi Paula, Yes I admit if there is participation between the speaker and the participation it could be more than possible but in the situation I have stated it is more than less possible for most people. Agree?
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@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
hello krajibg, I don't think I can do that. Listening to the speaker for two hours is so boring even though what he is saying is interesting. I believe it is better and best if you can lessen that to 30 minutes, that will be so helpful to your audience for if you are really good speaker you can compress that into lesser time no matter what is the topic.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
20 Aug 09
hi Robert, This is human and if any one claims that he/she could go beyond the fixed hour for the normal human patience. In such situation the mode of the lecture must be different from what is being talked about. I understand your point. Appreciate your response.
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
15 Aug 09
No! If a person can't compress what is interesting in a topic in an hour or less, I don't think he or she is a good speaker. I know I'm one of the people who said I would listen for as long as it is interesting but I think an hour is the limit.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
15 Aug 09
Hi there, Thanks for the frankness. Yes even I was wondering how could one go on listening on and on without a break. I too believe that one hour is the normal limit for a normal being. Thanks a a lot.
• India
31 Aug 09
Hello my friend Rajib Ji, I remeber what I learnt in economics, 'LAW OF MARGINAL UTILITY' . As per that, a time comes, when person is saturated and takes break, but if topic is interested like people watch some movies after mid-night and never blink their eye-lids, so theoritically oit is possible to listen, provided topic is interesting. May God bless You and have a great time.