The Mindset of Listening worksheet helps you get in touch with why listening is important, not just as a way to be nice to others, but for you. Keeping that motivation front and center can help you stay focused when others are doing annoying things so you can be more patient.
- If you have access to the exercise file for this course, you can download it now. Specifically, I've created the Mindset of Listening worksheet, which helps you get in touch with why listening is important, not just as a way to be nice to others, although that's important, but also as something that has clear benefits for you. Keeping that motivation front and center can help you stay focused because listening well, let's be honest, isn't always easy. Sometimes you're excited and want to get a point across. Sometimes people are just taking too long in making their own point and you want to speed them up.
Sometimes the content itself is really boring. Our job, though, if we want to extract the information we need to glean and also to make others feel understood, is to learn to listen well. So making sure we're in the right mindset is a critical step. I encourage you to download the file and follow along as we go through the course, but if you're viewing this course on a mobile device or don't have access to the exercise files, no problem. You can still follow along with the instruction. Let's get started.
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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.