Most Important Skill

Paul Wehr

Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Colorado

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

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People in this field always have to be good listeners. In the academic world, we tend to want to talk more than to listen. We like to hear ourselves talk. So, I would suggest for people coming into the field that, if they're not good listeners already, they should develop good listening skills because the best conflict specialists are the ones who listen, watch, observe patiently, before they even begin to try analyze what is going on.