The Art of Active Listening
We've all been there, having a conversation with someone and feeling like our thoughts are elsewhere.
Check in and stay aware of what your facial expressions are communicating to others. It may help to stand in front of a mirror to check you facial expression. Is it friendly?
Let's talk about listening
Listening requires active participation, which means you can either be good or bad at it. Good listeners are called positive listeners and bad listeners are called negative listeners. People tend to want to spend time with positive listeners, not with negative ones.
A critical look at the tiers of negative and positive listeners
Listening vs. hearing
Listening is an essential component of effective communication. It requires effort and focus to actively listen and understand what someone is saying.
When your friend is saying something that you agree with, nod your head to agree with them. This helps build closeness.
Why are you listening to this person? What is the reason or goal of this conversation? Deciding on the purpose of listening will make it easier for you to concentrate on the conversation.
Three C's of listening
There are three key components that make someone a powerful active listener. Practice these things when talking to people that you meet.