Remember, though listening is hearing, it doesn’t guarantee understanding. Understanding comes from active listening because it seeks to Understand, Interpret and Evaluate what is heard. Most of us were fortunate to be born with hearing, but listening is a skill, that must be learned, practiced and perfected, before it can be deployed successfully.
Research has confirmed that good listeners make good managers. Active listening ranks amongst the most crucial management skills.
Here are four tips to grow your listening ability and take out learning’s even from the most lengthy conversations:
• Always listen for names and subjects.
• Look up and listen with interest, so that you can focus and generate encouraging body language.
• Get rid of your assumptions and bias and you will achieve true understanding of the real message.
• Listen for what isn’t said by looking out for body language.
Active listening gives you very great benefits. Not only do you learn facts and observations you might not otherwise have known, you are also showing value for the speaker. Active listening might be a lot of hard work, but it will pay you rich dividends today………………..