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Author, Listen Like You Mean It. UX researcher, TWTR, PINS, etc. I write about the intersection of technology + society + personal growth. ximenavengoechea.com
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It’s officially autumn. Summer came and went with fits and starts thanks to the Delta variant, and though it wasn’t like any summer I can recall in recent memory, I did get a lot of reading done. When I think of summer reading, I picture myself at the beach, by…


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Like many writers, as a kid, I was a voracious reader. When you read a lot of books, you start to think differently. Not just about the world and what you’ve learned about it, or about people and what you now understand of them, but in how you compose your…


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I have always felt summer to be particularly freeing — a holdover from childhood and blissfully long and unprogrammed summers punctuating the busy school year. Summers in New York, where I grew up, brought their own energy — erratic, electrifying, and unpredictable — where anything goes, for better or worse…


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As the author of a book about listening, I get a lot of questions from readers about how to improve their listening skills. …


Creatives in Tech Interview Series, Issue #4: Irving Ruan

This interview series features creatives working in tech while keeping their passion projects alive. For anyone with a creative pursuit that may not align with their day job, I hope these profiles inspire you to keep going.

This week I talk…


If you’re joining this newsletter for the first time, welcome. It’s been an action-pack few months since my book launched and I’m thrilled to be back with you all. This month, I write about the transition into a new phase of pandemic living and what’s at stake.

We’re not ready to go back

I’ve been thinking…


I recently had the chance to connect with author, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker Erica Dhawan about her new book, Digital Body Language. In a time where we are all being asked to communicate digitally more than ever before, Erica offers a useful guide to making our way through this changing…


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After over a year of adjusting to our pandemic lifestyles, many of our relationships are suffering. Unable to socialize in all the usual ways, we’ve had to adapt and make do, cobbling together virtual escape the room activities with coworkers and weekly Zoom family reunions to stay connected. At a…


After two years in the making, my book, Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection, is officially here! The book is an essential guide to becoming a better listener for anyone who wants to improve the relationships in their lives — at work and at…


Happy Friday, friends. Here are my March recommendations on ideas and conversations worth listening to, watching, and reading.

What are you listening to, watching, and reading? Drop a comment or reply to this email directly with your recommendations.

I’m listening 🎧

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

I’ve never instinctively gravitated to audiobooks, not because I don’t like the…

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