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HOW TO BE A GOOD LISTENER Good listening skills help us get along with others be better parents and work better at our jobs People who listen save time and seem smarter and and more understanding These qualities can help us get better jobs Listening is hard because so many things fight for our attention The speaker and the listener must both work hard when communicating to make sure each one gets the message Have one conversation at a time Listening to two things at one time means you cant hear or think about either one Let others finish talking To listen well you must stop talking Dont interrupt or put words in the other persons mouth Dont be turned off by how others talk Try to listen to wha a person says and not how he or she says it It is easier to listen to some people that others Make sure you heard right If you didnt hear or dont understand what someone said have them say it again Ask them to explain it Know what the other person wants Ask yourself Why are we talking Is what they have to say important Watch body language Body language is a persons gestures tone of voice body posture and facial expressions It may say more than words Listen to what the other person DOESNT say People dont like difficult situations They may not look at you use unnatural words or pause a lot if they do ask questions to help them Dont let red flag or hot button words throw you Some words such as gay abortion and so on can upset us This stops us from listening When you hear things that make you mad or upset try to listen anyway 1 A good leader likes people--works with them listens to them works with groups 2 A good leader is a good listener--followers
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