#155: How To Become A Passionate Listener And Create Meaningful Relationships With Dame Evelyn Glennie


Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first solo percussionist in history to sustain a full-time career despite being profoundly deaf since the age of 12. As a composer for film, theatre and television, she is a double GRAMMY award-winner and BAFTA nominee who has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors, and artists in the world.

Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Companion of Honour, and was recently named as the new chancellor of Robert Gordon University.

Evelyn’s book “Listen Well” helps people enhance their relationship with listening to create lives that are more vivid and meaningful. Today, Evelyn joins the show to discuss how you can listen better to enhance communication and social cohesion.

Show Notes

Evelyn Introduces herself to the listeners. [2:50]

Percussion instruments and feeling music are discussed. [7:16]

Interpreting and enjoying music is explained. [12:22]

Being a solo percussionist is a unique career in music, Evelyn touches on why she pursued this career. [17:04]

Evelyn discusses those who guided her throughout her schooling and career. [21:44]

As an extremely successful musician, Evelyn reflects on her proudest moments. [24:08]

Spencer and Evelyn discuss the importance of being aware of how precious our time is. [31:19]

Evelyn explains how we can become better listeners. [33:02]

Climbing mountains, being grateful and enhancing our senses is touched on. [37:37]

Steps business professionals can take to listen better are given. [45:22]

The role of curiosity and listening is explained. [50:04]

Evelyn discusses her large instrument collection. [52:10]

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