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In my first learning to learn paper I wrote of the problems I have my communication skills specifically my listening skills and how they are lacking What I learned in writing that paper was that I still had much to do in the overcoming those problems In conversation I find that my mind has a tendency to wander and sometimes I find myself not paying attention at all This can depend who I am talking to at the time if I feel that the person and the subject is important I will try to focus on the conversation while if I feel that what they are saying does not really interest me I oftentimes find myself not paying any attention at all and ultimately blocking them out I know that while this may be unintentional I still must work on improving my listening skills Most people overlook listening meaning that they give little thought to listening they think it just happens Seiler and Beall 141 I need to be able to not only listen but concentrate on what the speaker is saying rather than simply letting my mind wander or think of what I will say next What I have learned is that I am a passive listener someone who merely listens to the words rather than actually thinking about them or sometimes even responding to them This is not only a valuable social skill but also crucial to ones success in their career Effective listening is the communication skill they believed most contributes to job success Seiler and Beall 141 I am planning to apply what I have learned to start listening for meaning I hope that this will not only aid in my college life but also in social situations I have learned that there is a big difference between simply hearing and actively listening Listening is active whereas hearing is passive Seiler and Beall 143 It is my intention to become an
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