JUNE 29th from ‘How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time‘…
We all want to be heard, it’s part of our social DNA. We are pack creatures and good communication is vital to our very survival. But these days it seems that listening and hearing are two different things.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you just know that they are just waiting for their turn to speak? Not too satisfying is it?
Next time you’re in a conversation be aware if you are actually listening or just waiting for the chance for you to speak. The simplest way to give your undivided attention is to not think about saying anything. Just listen, and when it naturally becomes your turn – if you’re asked for your opinion for instance, then ask something relevant to what you’ve just heard which will allow the other to continue explaining.
When this becomes a habit you’ll not only get a lot more out of your conversations, because you will have really understood the other’s point of view, but you’ll find that other people, through the law of reciprocation, will listen more intently to you. This leads to deeper communication, increased levels of empathy and understanding and better relationships all round.
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