A few weeks ago, I ran across an interesting post from Seth Godin with the simple title, “How to Listen.” In the post, Seth explains that the listener has as heavy an obligation in a conversation as the speaker. After all, no idea is truly communicated if the person being spoken to is not listening. Listening is hard work and needs to be practiced.
Being a good listener is one of the most important skills you can master if you want to advance your career and build meaningful relationships. Whether you’re an employee, employer, husband, wife, father, mother, or friend, when you truly listen, you demonstrate your interest in what is being said, and you show respect for the individual saying it. Listening is a magnetic force that draws people to us.
If you want to become a better listener, here are three techniques to use in every conversation:
1. Be quiet.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen Covey: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” If you want to be a better listener, be quiet. Don’t simply listen…Continue Reading