Every good conversation starts with listening. Really?


“Every good conversation starts with listening”

Back in 2014 Remco Mostertman, founder of the Dutch HR Community, wanted to start a series with HR Quotes, and he asked if he could share (on Twitter) some of my videos with a nice quote. I provided some quotes, but Remco didn’t like the quote I provided with a short video about listening, so he suggested another one, he found on the internet: “Every good conversation starts with listening”. He created a picture (unfortunately I cannot find it anymore), where a very big ear was attached to my head, and a balloon with the quote. It was posted on Twitter somewhere in August 2014.

Last week someone asked me if she could use my very inspiring quote about good listening. Of course, no problem with me (although it is not my quote, but I didn’t say that). I tried to find the original picture via Google. I was not able to find the original one, but to my surprise I found many others! After an hour I found 47 versions, and I am sure there are more. I have some reservations. Many pictures are floating around with a quote attributed to me that isn’t mine. Fortunately it is harmless (something like “Every cloud has a silver lining”, or “A picture tells more than a thousand words”, also not mine by the way).

Some visuals with “my” quote











Core Values

Cube Self storage

The Eccountant


Fresh HR Insights


GTI Executive Education

Haiku Deck

Herd HR

HR Dubai

HR Recruitment Solutions


good listening

The HR Source

HR Quote

HR Quote


HR Spectacles

HR Success

Human Being Vision


Jason Renda

Jennifer Phelan


Lethego Lesotho

Mark Wright

Martyns Consulting

Middle Earth HR

Mike Arauz

Hey, what is Mike doing with my quote?


MJ Settelen Construction


My HRBP Partner


Peer Genius

Tom Haak Listening

People Prime

Phebian Ezima


Sharp HRD solutions




SoGo Survey

SOS news


Speak Freely

Strandum HR

Top Employers

Twenty one People Network



WebAtlante HR


From the archives

After publishing this post some other pictures with quotes appeared:

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