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How can I improve my listening skills?

  1. Give the other 100% of your mental focus
  2. Listen with intent to understand, (not with intent to reply)
  3. Visualise what you hear
  4. Ask questions if you don’t understand
  5. Actively try to memorise

Listening is an often-neglected part of the communication process. When thinking of communication skills, most people think of effectively transmitting a message. (Speaking, writing, body language and voice tones). but for every transmitter there must be a receiver. And so listening is as important as speaking. In order to improve listening skills, you need to develop the following skills:

Give the other 100% of your mental focus. Listening is an active, not a passive process. Listening is work. It takes effort to actively listen to a message and to understand its meaning. It is easy to drift off and allow the message to wash over you without making a dent. Good listeners pay attention.

Listen with intent to understand, not to reply, means that the first duty of a listener it to understand the content and meaning of the message. This means that you must temporarily drop defences and resist the urge to fight against the elements of the message you don’t agree with. This means: KEEP AN OPEN MIND. At least for a while.

Visualise what you hear. Everyone thinks in pictures. And good listeners are often those who are able to translate words into vivid mental images. Good listeners can actually SEE what you mean. If you want to improve your listening, and your reading, actively try to generate mental images of the message as you hear it.

Ask questions if you don’t understand. If there is any doubt as to the exact meaning of the message, as a question. Don’t guess. Don’t assume too much.

Actively try to memorise what you hear. Memory is improved when you try to remember. If you don’t try to remember you probably won’t remember. If you cannot remember what you hear, the message was wasted.

Good listeners remember everything.

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  • Communication Skills: Listen-Out for What is Not Being Said

    22 December 2015

    Listen-Out for What is NOT Being Said When listening to another person who is trying to convince you to accept an idea, or opinion, it is often very important to listen out for what is NOT being said, ie you need to be concerned with what the other person is taking... Continue Reading >

    Communication Skills: Listen-Out for What is Not Being Said
  • How to Improve your Listening Skills

    10 April 2015

    How to Improve Your Listening Skills Your listening skills are important to you because listening serves two helpful functions. 1. Listening is one of the primary methods you have for gathering information; (the other one being through observation.) 2. Listening is an excellent social skill. Listening is one of the main... Continue Reading >

    How to Improve your Listening Skills
  • How to Ask the Right Questions

    18 August 2014

    How to ask the right questions Communication skills training includes how to ask the right questions. In any conversation, there is always the danger of some misinterpretation of the meaning of the message. The causes of the misinterpretation are many and each cause can be averted by asking the right question... Continue Reading >

    How to Ask the Right Questions
  • Five Ways to Improve your Listening Skills

    23 May 2014

    Five ways to improve your listening skills An important part of your communication is your listening skills. Listening is important because the vast majority of the information relating to your work comes to you through conversation and meetings with others. If you want to gain knowledge about what is going on... Continue Reading >

    Five Ways to Improve your Listening Skills
  • Listening Skills Training

    18 March 2013

    Listening skills training Communication is a two way process. You need to receive information, as well as you transmit information. You have to be a good listener. Many people are not good listeners. Many people are self-absorbed, and they concern themselves with their own thoughts, more than the thoughts of the... Continue Reading >

    Listening Skills Training
  • Communication Techniques

    17 February 2012

    Communication Techniques Communication is the art of transferring ideas and information from one mind to the next. The intention of your communication varies depending on the context. You may wish to communicate in order to: Inform some person of a fact Inform some person of an opinion Give an instruction Demonstrate... Continue Reading >

    Communication Techniques