Did you know that listening well is the key to effective communication. If you want to become a better listener then you need to stop thinking about what you’re going to say while the other person is talking.
High-achievers in conversations often wait for the other person to finish speaking before they can begin saying what they think is important.
You may want to make it a point when listening to someone to stop thinking about what you are going to say; but instead, think of key points that the other person brought up which you would like to hear more about.
Why not make it a habit to use your turn in a conversation to ask a question about what the other person has said, instead of stating your own opinion. This type of communication strategy helps develop rapport very quickly.
Not only will the person feel more connected to you, but you most likely will understand what it is that this person is trying to say.
Remember, you already know what you’re thinking; so the first part of any conversation should be to understand what the other person is thinking.
It also creates a better impression of you in the eyes of the other person(s) in the conversation. People will project onto you whatever it is they are talking about.
If someone has a concern, even if you don’t offer a solution, simply inquiring more about the concern will make you appear compassionate, open minded and having the desire to see other point of views.
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