To hear what people say is normal. To have listened to someone is rarer.
The difference is often a thin line that has a major impact on your communication skills.
Separate yourself from the hearers and become a listener.
A Good Listener Chooses Understanding Over Efficiency
Yes, you probably know how to solve your friend’s problem. And you probably know better about a product than your colleague. Isn’t it more efficient to interrupt and tell them where they are missing the point? It makes life easier for everyone!
But, listening is never about efficiency…
Without interruptions, it is possible the other person will arrive at a conclusion that suits them. And they will appreciate that you have accompanied them on the journey of self-discovery. The result is greater trust and a stronger relationship.
A Good Listener Chooses Relationship Over Quick Solutions
A relationship is often the most important aspect of communication. Better relationships facilitate better communication, which in turn fosters efficiency in the long run.
Looking for quick solutions? You will probably trample over other people’s feelings in trying to find the fastest way to solve a problem.
Often, people want you to listen to them more than they want you to help them solve their problems.
It shows them that you value their emotions, their thought processes, and their intelligence.
And in turn, they will finally be open to your advice and suggestions. But remember, listen first and then offer your perspective (only if asked for it).
Sheevaun Moran is a business mentor, coach and advisor, she is a quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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