Morning Latte: How to be a better…Listener

January 19, 2012

San Diego,Listening,Communcation,Personal Growth,Grow My Business

Thoughts to ponder as we sip our latte in the morning

Communication

What if you could change one simple thing today that would dramatically improve your business and personal success – would you do it?  Well here is something, and it is absolutely free.  You can become a better Listener.

Your Efforts Will Yield Huge Dividends

Good listeners have more confidence.  They make fewer mistakes.  They have more satisfying relationships.  They get more done faster, because they have a much better chance of doing things right the first time.  Good Listeners are a pleasure to be around because in listening, they acknowledge and value the other person.

Most of the successful people I known are the ones who do more listening than talking.   Bernard M. Baruch

Some Things To Consider

Here are a few tips from Infoplease that I think will really help:

  • Give your full attention to the person who is talking
  • Let the speaker finish before you begin speaking
  • Listen for the main ideas the other person is sharing
  • Asking questions can help the speaker solidify their thoughts
  • Repeat back what they have said to be sure you understand what they are saying
  • Understanding what the other person wants or needs will allow me to respond in the most appropriate manner

One final thing to consider, listening is not synonymous with agreement.  I do not need to agree with the speaker in order to politely listen.  Rather, in listening I am supporting and encouraging the other person.

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