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?Lisa Listens? is a new 1902 telephone service offering no X-rated sex chat, no fortune-telling and no promises of meeting the man or woman of your dreams. Why then is it a success?

?Because I?m genuine,? Lisa Vella states matter-of-factly. ?I saw how many people were getting conned by advertising for services that weren?t for real, yet they were calling the 1902?s anyway and paying for them. I saw a need to provide what those people are actually looking for ? someone to talk to and listen to them.?

?Lisa Listens? is marketed as ?personalised telephone companionship?. ?Nothing more, nothing less,? Lisa confirms. Callers dial the number, follow the voice prompts and are put through to Lisa herself, an intelligent, effervescent woman who identified the need for harassed, lonely and stressed people to ?dial a smile and talk a while?.

What can callers expect to discuss? Anything is fair game, but basically the cue comes from the caller. Some need to vent about their bosses, others need a sympathetic ear regarding their relationships. Whatever the topic, Lisa enjoys the fact that she?s able to bring about an emotional uplift to every caller. “It’s about being objective and about thriving on the happiness of another person,” Lisa said.
The numbers can be called from anywhere in Australia and the service is available virtually round-the-clock.

?Lisa Listens?: 1902 228 097 (direct bill), 1300 763 040 (credit card), www.lisalistens.com.au. Calls are charged at $2.20/minute (higher from mobiles and pay phones).

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