Anna’s Lesson on Listening
Our youngest Anna likes to talk. Though there is nothing wrong with liking to talk, taken to the extreme it is very annoying. Anna has a tendency to cut people off and talk over people. So we have been having a discussion about Listening.
First lesson is that we have one mouth and two ears. This is a great reminder that we should be listening more than we talk. Listening is more than just hearing. Hearing is about the physically being aware that there is noise going on. Listening is about actively listening. Active listening is about hearing and understanding the message. This takes more than just your ears. It takes a whole of body and mind to actively listen.
Anna today summed it up as:
1. Listen more than talk
2. Listen with all your body
3. Make eye contact
Though not a comprehensive list it is a great list to start with. What else would you add to the list for active listening?
For a related article please click through to Communication Basics.
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