How to Improve Your Listening Skills: Useful Tips

How good are your listening skills? It seems to me that one problem with communication is that often people don’t really listen to other people. We listen only insofar as we must in order to respond. Whereas we should be listening in order to understand the other person’s point of view and why they feel the way they do. Seek first to understand and then to be understood, as the saying goes.

Effective Communication:

I think our listening skills are absolutely crucial to effective communication. And we can only communicate effectively if we take the time to understand each other properly. If we all understood each other better perhaps the world would have fewer problems. Certainly we’d be better placed to get along with each other.

Listening in quite different to hearing. Hearing just means that we’re aware of external sounds around us. Whereas listening means we take in the those sounds and we process them with our brains. In other words we think carefully about what’s being said  and what it all means before we then respond.

Developing our listening skills and becoming good listeners is a really worthwhile thing to do. It takes practice and it does take time but it can be done and it is worthwhile. I think so anyway.

5 Ways to Improve Listening Skills:

The video I am sharing in this post features sound expert Julian Treasure offering five ways which he believes will help us all to listen better. He offers some excellent tips which will help you improve your listening skills.

Julian Treasure observes that because the cacophony of sound around us is getting louder and louder, essentially we’re losing our listening skills.

It’s just a short but fascinating talk but it shares with us five ways to re-tune our ears for conscious listening, both to other people and the world around us. I think it’s interesting and well worth your time. You will never regret developing good listening skills.

Add a Listening Skills Reference Book to Your Library:

There are some excellent books on the subject of listening skills and one I can recommend is Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston.

This is a fantastic book which offers  plenty of practical tips and techniques you can use in every situation whether it is work or in your personal life. It’s the kind of book that would add real value to your personal reference library. And one you can dip in and out of frequently so you don’t lose touch of what you learn.

This excellent book is available from Amazon, so buy is now whilst it’s fresh in your mind. You can but it if you just CLICK HERE.

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