Do you listen to people when they speak? Whenever you are communicating listening should be your top priority. Could you be a better listener?
Listening is more than just hearing what someone has to say. It also includes understanding what is said. We have to be alert to what is said, decipher it, and understand it. Listening is often the missing communication link.
Are you a good listener? Most people have room for improvement. Here are a few secrets to being a better listener:
- Be Silent – If you can’t hear, you can’t listen. Don’t interrupt.
- Eliminate Distractions – Devote your attention solely to the speaker.
- Be Present – Don’t daydream or think about your response.
- Keep Eye Contact – Watching the speaker will help you focus.
- Ask Questions – Questions will help you fully understand whatever is said.
- Tune In – Watch and listen for body language, tone, and other non-verbal communication cues.
Listening comes in handy in life. You need to listen to your boss, co-workers, significant others, friends, teachers, interviewers, and anyone else who communicates with you. It’s especially important when you are at a job interview, negotiating your salary, having a performance review, networking, or any other job related event.
When you hear what someone else has to say it opens up possibilities and can create smoother communication – something that is always appreciated. Next time someone speaks to you, listen and see what a difference it makes.
Be sure to review these tips before you apply for your next job.