We live in a world full of endless distractions which directly affects our ability to listen intently. In my opinion, listening is perhaps the most important aspect in any dialogue. The funny thing is, we can all learn to be a better listener. But how?
Eliminate Distractions: In order to provide an individual with your full attention, you should avoid multi-tasking or anything that steers away your attention.
Make Eye Contact: Nothing says “I could care less about what you’re telling me” like avoiding eye contact. It shows that you are being attentive.
Stop Talking: It’s perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, but you should wait for your turn to speak.
Don’t Interrupt: It’s proper etiquette to allow the party to finish what he/she is saying before you chime in.
Asking Meaningful Questions: When appropriate, feel free to ask thought provoking questions that may allow the individual to reach their own conclusions.
“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” – Zeno