DO YOU REALLY LISTEN OR THINK ON HOW TO REPLY?
Have you ever really listened in your life? ✳
The moment I learned and experienced Active Listening I realized that I never really listened to ANYBODY in my entire life. Active listening is an essential skill for many reasons. Firstly, a person who is really listened to feels heard and valued.
When you listen actively, you are fully engaged and immersed in what the other person is saying.
Active listening is the foundation of any collaborative relationship. At work, at home and elsewhere.
Some tips to start:
1- When you listen try to focus TOTALLY on the person you are talking to.
2- Hold your judgment for a moment (yes it is difficult I know it).
3- Do not think of how to reply.
4- Synchronize with the thinking and emotions of the speaker
5- Try as much as you can to refrain from using your mental map, your beliefs, your biases.