Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Listening skills.”
Next week’s topic will be “Change.”
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What I learned this week is that I really need to work on my listening skills. I also appreciate the stages of communication and vow to focus my energies on hearing, attending and feedback. Listening is a complex field of study but if we tackle it one step at a time it becomes more palatable.
- If you do not listen without distraction, pay attention to the speaker, understand the message, remember the information shared, weigh the evidence presented, or give an active response, then maybe you are notlistening. Give that person the benefit of the doubt, and then present your best self by listening when they are speaking. It will please the person in need of your attention.
- When we communicate, we want to be heard or understood. When speaking, we expect others to listen respectfully so we can vent, create emotional intimacy, build trust, feel validated or share information. Give the respect that you want in return when someone is speaking to you.
- When you practice good listening skills others are naturally drawn to you because of your ability to focus on what they are saying, understand their message and give feedback.
- To listen to someone is to give them your undivided attention.
The Insight: Learning good listening skills will foster intimacy, closeness and trust in relationships. It relieves stress because we vent to others and then receive validation. Remember that listening to others, as you would have them listen to you is the simplest way to begin developing your listening skills.
What listening skills will you improve upon this weekend?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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