Last Friday, I had my first in-person meeting with someone new since mid-March. We met in his event space, socially distanced by two strategically-placed, soft tan leather couches.

He asked about Junto’s take on emotional intelligence, and specifically about model behaviors. One that I shared was generous listening: “giving” ourselves to the other person when they’re speaking with our eyes, ears, mind, and body.

In fact, I shared that in my self-indulgence of being with someone new and on a comfy couch, I noticed I was a bit slumped and not “squaring up.” It’s a term that describes aligning our shoulders, hips, and knees with another person in conversation.

As I began to demonstrate, he predictably followed along. And as the conversation unfolded – again, predictably – I noticed we were both listening in a deeper way.