Lately I have been trying to understand what it means to be a ‘good listener’. I think that I do well online but could use some improvement in the flesh and blood world. During online conversations I am able to do other things while in conversation then go back and read over what has been communicated to gain a better understanding of things I may have missed. This isn’t usually possible during spoken conversation. Dag-nabbit!
I was flipping through (online) pages of “Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace, Second Edition” and came across Chapter 7 – Developing Listening Skills. I could have sworn that the subtitle was “yes, you, Gene”, but I may be mistaken. Anyway, right off the bat it gives an opportunity for Self-Assessment:
1) Does your mind wander when listening to a coworker, to your manager, or in a meeting?
2)….i have no idea, because i only got as far as NUMBER ONE before my mind started to wander.
seriously. i guess i have some work to do!!! how about you? when you listen to someone, are you really LISTENING, or are you just hearing what they are saying? I invite you to take some time and reflect on this; I know I will be…