Ways to Improve Your Active Listening Skills
If any communication to be complete and effective, of course the words you use (whether oral or written) need to be chosen carefully. But remember, communication is two-way – we’ve got to learn to be a good listener too! Without learning to be a good listener, you’re unlikely to achieve understanding.
Think about it. It’s not just speaking that conveys meaning – how the other person listens also conveys meaning to the other person, and this helps to make the exchange successful … or not! There’s hardly any point in someone talking if no-one listens to what is being said. Listening is half of oral communication, and it is a skill that needs to be practised and taken equally as seriously as speaking and writing.
Most effective leaders and managers realise the importance of acquiring good listening skills, so if you are aiming to climb the ladder of success, this is something you need to take seriously. The consequences of not listening carefully could be disastrous.
Good listening skills will give you an edge in life and at work. However, if you are to become an effective listener, it’s going to take more than just desire and enthusiasm — it’s going to take a huge conscious effort.
Something about Prakash Mani
I am passionate about coaching people and their development, both as a hobby and professionally.
I am a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner, a member of the Association of NLPs and graduated from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.
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