Listening Skills: Beneficial listening in communication
Listening as aCommunications’ Skill: Listen during conversations. Learn listening skills & listeninghabits. A good conversationalist listens more than he talks. Beneficial listening. Whenyou listen attentively, your listening skills produce meaningful communications.
Listening as aCommunications’ Skill: Are you REALLY Listening?
Most of us do not realize the importance of listening as a communicative tool.Yet studies have shown that we actually spend 50% more time listening than we do talking.We often take listening for granted, never realizing that it is a skill that can belearned.
Watch someone who listens attentively. He/she makes eye contact and focuses onthe other person while he/she listens. He/she listens with his eyes as well as his ears.While listening, he nods or makes attentive noises from time-to-time. This is both askilled listener and an attentive listener.
The person he/she is listening to feels a sense of communication. Everyone winswith beneficial listening.
After your next conversation, test your ability to benefit from listening tothat conversation. Analyze and ask yourself:
What did I learn from the other person(s)?
What did I learn about the other person(s)?
Who did more talking ?
Who did more listening?
Did anyone interrupt?
What questions should I have asked?
What questions should I have answered more thoroughly?
Was I absolutely certain I understood everything?
Did I ask for clarification?
Did I practice acknowledgment?
Did he or she practice acknowledgment?
Were both parties attending?
Was the conversation balanced?
Did anyone keep changing the subject?
Did anyone get angry?
Did anyone appear sad?
Was everyone paying attention?
What will I do different in my next conversation?
The ability to listen is a skill that can be improved with use. This skill can and will improve all your relationships with friends, mates, partners, children, and co-workers, even your boss!
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