You Think You're a Good Listener, but You Could Be Better—Here's How to Sharpen Your Listening Skills
You may believe you listen to other people when they're talking—but do you really? Are you engaged in the conversation, or are you multitasking as you scroll through Instagram? Do you allow yourself to digest what they're saying, or are you mentally preparing your response? Being a good listener is a skill that requires practice.
Whether you're having a chat with a colleague, spouse, family member, or friends, communication is the cornerstone of a healthy, thriving relationship, says Mark Williams, the president and CEO of Brokers International, keynote speaker, and author of Lead, Don't Manage. Communicating is more than just telling another person what you think or want, he adds. When we dedicate time to learning how to listen, we strengthen all dynamics in our life.
"Effective communication is a two-way street in which you listen as much as you talk," says Williams. "When others know that you're truly listening to them, they're likely to repay you with the respect you give them, and they'll take the things you say more seriously as well."
Want to be a better listener? Start by working on these expert-approved tips.