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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

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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