Did you know that there’s a difference between hearing and listening? Hearing is just the act of perceiving sound through the ear(s) while listening is the act of hearing and understanding what you hear. To listen, there has to be a certain level of attentiveness.
Be honest, when was the last time you listened? You see, so many times we are in such a hurry to talk- even when we don’t have anything reasonable to say! I’m saying this because I’ve been there! I am not proud of that but I’m happy that I ‘conquered’ that disease. Yeah, talking too much is a disease.
Over the years, I’ve learnt that there are disadvantages of talking too much- leads to boasting, you won’t be able to keep a secret, people won’t trust you anymore, it will definitely lead to sin; but I’ve never gotten one disadvantage of listening.
One big advantage of listening is that you will be able to CONNECT with the other person. That is, you will be in tune with the person’s emotions and this leads you to know how and what to communicate. In other words, listening fosters relationship.
In the business or politics world, listening makes you know the mind of your opponent. You would be able to learn how his/her mind works and thus, outsmart him/her.
Are there people willing to grow a listening ear? Ways of making that happen include:
* Try not to talk out of turn
* Pay attention to whatever the other person is saying even if it is ‘nonsense ‘
* DON’T think of what to say when the other person is still speaking.
Listening is one communication skill that can’t be overemphasized. Always be willing to listen.
Who is ready to be a willing ear?
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