Choose your favorite strategy—try to pick one that is high impact based on where you currently have difficulty. Note your progress over the course of the next month and adapt accordingly.
- Listening is an invisible skill.…It's not flashy.…It doesn't announce itself,…but it can be your secret weapon.…Who wouldn't want access to better…and more accurate information,…and the chance to connect with your colleagues…at a deeper level?…Yet too often we allow ourselves to get derailed.…We get busy, we get distracted,…we check our devices, we zone out.…Don't let that happen to you.…For the next few weeks, try something simple.…Focus on one behavior at a time you can change.…
Maybe working on not interrupting people…or keeping your devices in your bag or your coat pocket.…Meanwhile, observe.…How are your conversations going?…Do you notice a difference?…How is the other person relating to you?…Over time, you can add in more behaviors to try out…and keep the experimental mindset.…See what works for you and what doesn't,…and modify accordingly.…Becoming a better listener doesn't happen overnight,…but taking the time to practice and invest…in building this skill can be enormously powerful for you,…your personal growth, and your professional success.…
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- Describe common challenges to listening.
- Identify signs of poor listening.
- List effective strategies to recapture attention.
- Adopt the mindset of listening.
- Outline the structure of meaningful listening.
- Describe how to keep yourself from interrupting.
- Explain how to let someone know you've heard them.