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Sorry, I wasn’t listening: 5 ways to model better listening skills

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I have a confession to make.  I’m a serial interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or finish saying, isn’t it way more efficient to just cut right in so we can move on? I know I shouldn’t do it.  I know it’s rude.  It drives me crazy when other people do it, so why do I?   And, I know it drives others crazy as well.  My husband and I spend way too much time re-creating conversations that only got half heard due to distractions, interruptions or one of us simply not paying full attention.

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How to Improve Your Listening Skills | 5 Strategies

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Eighty-two percent of people prefer to talk to great listeners, not great speakers. – Ten3 Global Internet Pol Being an engaged listener is one of the most important communication skills you can have.   Think of one person who you feel doesn’t listen to you.  How do they make you feel? We’ve all had that experience, but are we creating that experience for others?  To take a quick listening quiz to see how you are doing. Now, check out these 5 strategies you can practice that will improve your listening skills. 1. Slow your listening down. Take a minute to breathe

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Communication Tip #10: Listen Actively

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TIP #10: Listen actively Be a good listener. Unlike your mouth, your ears will never get you in trouble. ~ Frank Tyger    It should come as no surprise that the best communicators are also the best listeners. Becoming an active listener means that you make a conscious effort to truly hear what the other person is saying – by paying attention to their words as well as their body language. Active listening is an acquired skill that requires you to make a conscious effort to focus on what is being said — not just the words, but the entire

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Whoa – slow that listening down!

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TIP #7: Slow your listening down. The first step to wisdom is silence; the second is listening.  ~ Carl Summer All good communication begins with good listening. The problem is that most of us don’t listen very well.  For most of us, listening doesn’t come naturally.  And, we don’t get training it it either.  Surveys show that less than 2% of people have had formal training in listening. That means 98% of us could use some help. Wow. Part of the problem is that we speak an average of 120 words per minute, but listen four times faster. Our minds

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The Power of the Pause

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Do you ever wonder how you get yourself in the situations you do? You know, you try to do your best to communicate really well, and then – there you go again. You end up saying something wrong, or you just don’t come off the way you wanted. Here’s my best tip for getting yourself out of the mess you are getting yourself into: PAUSE!  The concept was Pause was first introduced to me by Eric Allenbaugh, a long-time mentor and trainer of Performance Coaching. Learning the power of a Pause can make a huge difference in improving your communication

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6 Awesome Listening Tips

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Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively. — Carl Rogers It Takes Two to Listen If I could sum up all this listening advice in one short sentence it would be:  Listen more and talk less. There. Now do that. It’s not quite that simple, is it? Listening is a skill that not very many people have mastered. When was the last time you felt really listened to?  I bet you can think of many more times when we’ve felt not listened to – maybe even ignored or cut off. How many times do

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