Friends Listen to Friends. How to Grow a Friend: Step Four.
Friendship: Friends listen to friends. You can grow more friends with your eyes and ears than with your mouth.
We often take listening for granted, never realizing what it means to really listen to a friend.
Watch someone really listening to another person. He makes eye contact and focuses on the other person. He listens with his eyes as well as his ears. While listening, he nods or makes attentive noises from time-to-time. He is a skilled, attentive listener. The person he is listening to feels a sense of communication.
You can grow more friends with your ears and with your eyesthan with your mouth.
After your next conversation, test your ability to benefit from listening to that conversation. Analyze and ask yourself:
What did I learn from my friend?
What did I learn about my friend?
Did anyone interrupt?
What questions should I have asked?
What questions should I have answered more thoroughly?
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