Listen Up! 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener
We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say. ~Zeno of Citium
Do you remember that time in your life where you didn’t feel listened to? We’ve all been in those relationships—whether at work or at home—where we felt invisible. Not being listened to is the same as being ignored.
Listening goes beyond simply hearing someone. Hearing does not require comprehension or action. Listening takes practice, just like any other skill. It requires that we apply ourselves repeatedly and over time in order to become more effective.
Benefits of Listening
– Connects us to others, deepens relationship, builds friendships
– Builds energy
– Easier collaboration
– Grows trust
– Inspires us and stokes creativity
– Promotes peace and stillness