FOLLOW Hear between the words When you’re in conversation, set your mind to being present, receptive, and ready to listen with compassion.
Bring yourself into the moment with a few deep breaths and ask yourself:
What is this person communicating beyond the words they use?
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FOLLOW How to Be a Good Listener
Listening is a study skill most of us take for granted. Listening is automatic, isn't it? We might think we're listening, but active listening is something entirely different.
Participate Nod your understanding and make eye contact with the speaker. Ask clarifying questions. Maintain body language that shows you are interested. Avoid... Ignore Distractions Sit up front. Tune out or shush any chatter around you. Face away from windows and turn off your phone to avoid distractions. Identify your prejudices and prevent them from generating an emotional response. Keep An Open Mind Focus on the speaker’s central ideas, ignoring the delivery, the speaker or the emotions and judgments you have on the idea. Give the speaker your full attention. Listen for the significance of the message. FOLLOW How to Master the Art of Listening
Listening is the unsung hero of communication. We love to praise great orators and recite lines from famous speeches, and rightly so. Words are powerful. But listening can be equally so.If you improve your listening skills, you'll probably never win an award for it or make it into...
Listening requires mental work We mistake listening as easy because it looks passive and instinctive, but in reality it’s hard work. Really listening (and not just appearing to listen) re... Mistakes we make in conversations
Our general tendency is to:
Evaluate: We judge what someone is saying and agree or disagree. Probe: We ask questions from our own frame of reference. Advise: We give counsel, advice, and solutions to problems. Interpret: We analyze others' motives and behaviors based on our own experiences. What makes a great listener Asking great questions; Playing attention to the nonverbal communication; Forgoing taking detailed notes to pay better attention; Listening with the intent to understand, not the intent to respond; Making people feel heard; Following up on what matters. FOLLOW 6 Ways To Become A Better Listener
Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.
Listen to Learn, Not to Be Polite Listen from a place of curiosity, not generosity. True dialogue does not happen when we pretend to listen, and it certainly cannot happen if we are not listening at all.
If you ev...
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Really listen to what someone else is trying to say.
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