Active listening, as the name implies requires effort. It is much more than simply "hearing" what is being said. This article will show you how to improve your listening skills to make you a better conversationalist, and a more empathetic friend, spouse, parent or partner.
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While speaking to groups, a leader tends to be formal, and is distracted by the large crowd, failing to create a deep level of intimacy.
The trick to effective communication is to deliver the message as if one is talking to an individual. This makes the speech emotionally genuine, with each listener able to grasp the energy and attention, as they would if it was a one-on-one communication.
Even if you find it easy to make friends - and it's not, for most people - getting truly close to people is still difficult. Here's how to make it easier. Like so many people, I grew up watching the TV show "Friends," dreaming of the day I would be living a glamorous city life surrounded by a group of close friends.