How are your listening skills? For years I have had to work on listening. It truly is a skill that we all need to work on. Those who don’t listen miss much. This week, focus on your listening skills. Here are a few tips.
- Look at the person who is talking to you and let them talk, focus on them and the message. Sometimes I will silently repeat the key words to myself while they are talking to me. Don’t let your eyes wander; that’s a real turnoff.
- Ask questions as the person talks to you. Wait for a proper spot to ask a probing question or two. This does two things: it helps you understand what is being said and it shows the person speaking to you that you truly are listening.
- Repeat what the message was so effective communication takes place. Don’t just repeat word for word; comment, or even expand upon what was said.
Listening really is something many of us struggle with, but with a focus on it, you can improve immediately. We’d all be better off at home and at work if we listened a little more to what people were saying.