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Good listening is active, not passive:
Keep questions positive and focused.
Ask a question that is on-topic whenever possible. If the topic is negative, do not just suddenly change topics. It will make the speaker uncomfortable. Instead, give an empathetic reply to show support and then ask a question to redirect to something that is still related, but allows the speaker to respond with something a little more positive.
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Try to learn something you did not know before from your interlocutor.
This is an important distinction and knowing how you function best will help you create the best environment for your social skills to shine.