When I put out a challenge via the 1% Edge Portable Coach App, I consider that my challenge for the week as well. So...last week I was focused on listening. You know what I discovered?... (thinking of course I'm a pretty good listener because - well - I teach this stuff), I hear what people are saying but I can't say I'm really listening.
Listening really is more than hearing. It really is about seeking to understand. They are partners in the effort to meaningfully connect -- to build rapport that can lead to relationship.
If you want to improve your listening, your rapport with others, the relationships that really matter to you, I encourage you to read/listen to the lesson below and to share this post with others. I'll probably be writing a bit more about the topic in the next few weeks.
Are You Skilled At Listening?
: , Managing Communication
Audio: 3 mins. 17 secs.
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SKILLED AT LISTENING
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Are you skilled at listening? If you can answer that question with, “Yes I listen much more than I talk during an important conversation.”…then I’d say you are. I would also say you are rare! As a reminder a skill is something one does very well. Most people have never taken the time to develop this essential life skill! To develop the skill of listening takes a decision, time and effort.