4 Things Good Listeners Do

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4 Things Good Listeners Do

09/10/2017 Transformational Coaching 0

4 Things Good Listeners Do

Do you consider yourself to be a good listener?  In most cases, when people appraise themselves to be excellent listener, when in actual fact their ability is somewhat below average.

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I remember a close friend who was going through some challenging time this summer called me and cried her heart out about the problems she is experiencing in her new marriage.  I was about to offer her some of my coaching tips and solutions, when I stopped on track and remembered that maybe she just wants someone to listen. Some to be just best friend who was there to just listen and only offer authentic and empathetic words of comfort.

Researchers found out that an average person only 25 percent listening efficiency  which means that a lot of the time, we are letting information go in one ear and out the other.

Below are 4 habits that good listeners practice in their everyday lives and conversations that you can adopt for yourself.

Shortcomings – We all have shortcoming and unless you are aware of them, you will not be able to avoid them especially if you want to be an active listener.

  1. Open Minded – You need to have an open minded as this will put you one step closer to understanding the person you are communicating with.
  2. Emotional Intelligence – also known as awareness of our emotions simply means being aware of the emotions of those around us. This will improve and enhance any interaction that you will be having with the person and especially when it comes to listening.
  3. Use Your Observation Skills – A person with good listening skills will also have the ability to observe especially those non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, gestures, perspiration, posture and various other subtle body language signals which reflects the level of stress that the person is in.
  4. Ask Questions – If you want to be a good listener, then ask questions that clarify assumptions and the other person holds and helps you to see the issue the person is having from a new light. Do not high-jack the conversation so that you bring in other issues which become the subject of the discussion.

 

 

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