Tipsfor Active Listening
Tipsfor active listening
Listening remains one of the most imperative skills that one cancultivate. In fact, how well a person listen has major influences onjob effectiveness, social development, information relations, and onthe quality of comprehension among others. Through listening, peoplegather information, learn, and understand, but research shows thatthe level of actively listening to other people is dismal (Brothen &Bennett, 2012). In this regards, it is essential to highlight tipsfor active listening so people can enhance their productivity andtheir capacities to influence, negotiate, persuade, and developeffective relationships with other people.
Paying attentionis perhaps the most effective tip for active listening. Brothen &Bennett (2012) and Grant & Hartley (2013) assert that thetechnique involves giving the speaker complete attention as well asacknowledging the spoken message. Guidelines for being attentiveinclude maintaining eye contact with the speaker, avoidinginterruptions such as background noise, putting aside distractingthoughts, and remaining ready to serve. Grant & Hartley (2013)contend that active listening requires that one remains activelyengaging during conversations, but it does not mean that one has tointerrupt and impose his or her solutions to the speaker. As such,one should wait for the speaker to stop speaking before asking forclarifications. However, providing feedback during conversations isan important gesture as it allows a person to reflect on what thespeaker says as well as understand effectively the message conveyedsuccessfully. In addition, using body language such as noddingoccasionally and smiling as well as responding appropriately allowsone to gain information and perception.
In mostscenarios, I have observed the aforementioned tips, which have alwaysallowed me to understand messages effectively as well as learn. Forexample, I have applied the tips during public discourses,interpersonal conversations, and listening to public speakers. I haveengaged myself in several inter-school and public debatingcompetition and I have found the tips essential for responding topoints raised by my opponents. In addition, I attend public addressesand discourses occasionally and I have found the tips helpful just asI have used them in interpersonal conversations to help build mysocial engagements.
Brothen, E., & Bennett, E. (2012). Active Listening withoutVisual Cues. Library Services for Multicultural Patrons:Strategies to Encourage Library Use, 293.
Grant, A. M., & Hartley, M. (2013). Developing the leader ascoach: insights, strategies and tips for embedding coaching skills inthe workplace. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory,Research and Practice, 6(2), 102-115.