Do you Listen and ask Questions?
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? I am an extrovert and I think that this blog article today is more for extroverts than introverts. Extroverts have a tendency to like to talk and can sometime be overbearing in a conversation. That said if you are like me then you will soon learn that it is not just annoying for others, but also you will not learn from others unless you let them talk…
Now this will not apply to most of you, however think about the quote above. Do you talk more than you listen? Or is it the other way around? When you actively listen you will learn so much… So what is active listening? Active listening is when you listen to someone with intent and a willingness to understand. So how do you do this? Here are some tips that I find useful:
- When you ask questions like “how was your weekend?”, listen for an answer.
- Ask open questions? (Open questions are questions where the answers is greater than yes or no)
- Find out what is interesting to the other person?
- Ask questions to develop a deeper understanding of their interest
The best part of active listening is that you will hear some interesting stories and learn a lot about the world that we live in. When traveling I enjoy listening to the locals tell me about their lives and their town or region. I learn more from the locals than I do from tourist books and the tourist sites.
So if you are like me and are a good story teller, remember to tone it back a little and listen to others… You may be surprised what you learn…
Posted on Monday, 29 Apr 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Ask, Business, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Extrovert, Leadership, Learn, Learning, Listen, Management. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.