July 13, 2022
Have you ever spoken to someone who dismissed everything you said?
With all the distractions around us, sometimes the people we talk to may not be listening to us at the moment. Maybe they are trying to multitask. But no matter the reason, being ignored can leave us feeling rejected and unimportant.
When we don’t listen to others, we can indirectly hurt that person by making them feel like they don’t matter.
We all know how important communication is in our professional and personal lives, and most of us can see the difference between good and bad communication. When there is an open line of communication (good communication), things seem to click and fall into place. On the other hand, when communication is lacking, things don’t go as smoothly, and sometimes things go wrong. When communication is fractured, people become defensive, misunderstood, and often things fall apart.
Misunderstandings often lead to conflicts, and misunderstandings occur when people fail to listen and understand each other.
Unfortunately, people don’t listen as much as they talk, and the value of listening can reap many benefits when used to communicate with others
When people talk about communication skills, they rarely talk about how to become better listeners. Instead, they may teach you how to speak with confidence so that people will listen or how to debate so that you can win any argument.
Most people communicate to get their point across and win. After all, there is no better feeling than being right because we love not being wrong.
But communication is more than winning arguments, closing deals, and giving unsolicited advice. Communication is also about listening to others and making them feel understood.
Unfortunately, we don’t listen enough, mainly because it is not easy.
Listening is much more challenging than most people think, and it is more than just allowing a person to speak. It is about trying to understand them.
We all know it’s essential to be a good listener. Why? Because we all know how good it feels when someone gets us.
Becoming a good listener is not easy, but everyone can be better by practicing:
Listening is a powerful communication skill that allows you to connect with others.
When we don’t listen, we fail to understand each other, and when we fail to understand each other, it can often lead to conflict and misunderstandings.
We can all practice being better listeners by creating a safe space for the other person to speak their mind. When we establish this space for them, not only will they feel respected and heard, but they will most likely do the same for you.
YOU will feel better as a stronger listener.
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