becoming a better listener

“Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It’s being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond.

In some ways, the way we fail to listen is symbolic of the way we live. We often treat communication as if it were a race. It’s almost like our goal is to have no time gaps between the conclusion of the sentence of the person we are speaking with and the beginning of our own.”

Source: Don’t sweat the small stuff…pp:75 (by: Richard Nelson)

All of what the author expressed in his book are of what I am guilty about when it comes to listening and responding to others whenever I engage into conversations, be it just a casual dialogue, group discussion or just a heart-to-heart talks. Just when I thought I needed a nudge, this reminder comes in timely.

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One thought on “becoming a better listener

  1. Felicia

    I agree, listening is a bit hard but we just got to keep working at it.

    I’ve learned a lot when I truly listened to people so that is my incentive to do it more often.

    Reply

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