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Keep An Open Mind

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.

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3 Kinds of Listening

  1. Half listening: when you’re listening to some, but not all that being said for whatever reason.
  2. Sound listening: when you are aware words are being said, but doesn’t properly take in the meaning.
  3. Active listening: when you are fully focused in apprehendin...

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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.

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Participate

  • Nod your understanding and make eye contact with the speaker.
  • Ask clarifying questions.
  • Maintain body language that shows you are interested.
  • Avoid slouching in your chair and looking bored.
  • Take notes, but continue to stay focused ...

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3 Keys to Developing Active Listening

Develop active listening by practicing these three skills:

  • Keeping an open mind
  • Ignoring distractions and being fully present
  • Participating and showing interest

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Set time aside to listen when you meet someone new. Give them space to talk about their viewpoints and take time to absorb these.

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