Become a Stronger Active Listener

Become a Stronger Active Listener thumbnail

Active listening is among the most sought-after skills in today’s business marketplace. Active listeners forge stronger relationships, inspire more trust and formulate better solutions than their less-engaged counterparts. Unfortunately, active listening is a skill that many claim, but few possess.

The problem is that we spend so much time listening that we assume we must be good at it.  This is truer today than it ever has been, as we are “listening” more persistently to more sources via more channels than we ever have before. Despite the overwhelming volume of information that we peruse every day, most of us end up retaining very little of it. Further, our commitment to all those channels means that we often fail to focus on any one of them – even when it’s a person standing in front of us.

So, what is the difference between active listening and passive listening? Active listening includes not just being present for a conversation (or email or text/IM), but also engagement in that interaction.

And while active listening is an important skill for everyone, it’s even more so for those aim for leadership positions. You need to hone your active listening skills, and those of your team. Start by taking this short active listening skills test (you can have your team take it, too!). After the test, we’ve provided some exercises to help fill skill gaps and reinforce good habits. Answers and feedback and provided at the end of the article.

 

PRYOR+ 7-DAY FREE TRIAL


Experience 7-days of unlimited learning, then reap the benefits from a year of training at one low price. No credit card. No commitment. Individuals and teams.

Multiple Choice

Quiz

Start

Choose a Seminar and Save $10:

Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

Jul. 7

Central Time Zone

Jul. 12

Pacific Time Zone

Jul. 13

Central Time Zone

Jul. 21

Central Time Zone

Jul. 26

Eastern Time Zone

Aug. 4

Central Time Zone

Aug. 9

Eastern Time Zone

Aug. 17

Central Time Zone

Aug. 25

Central Time Zone

Aug. 30

Pacific Time Zone

Sep. 8

Central Time Zone

Sep. 13

Central Time Zone

Sep. 21

Eastern Time Zone

Sep. 22

Central Time Zone

Sep. 28

Pacific Time Zone

Oct. 5

Central Time Zone

Oct. 13

Eastern Time Zone

Oct. 19

Pacific Time Zone

Oct. 20

Central Time Zone

Oct. 25

Eastern Time Zone

Developing Emotional Intelligence

Developing Emotional Intelligence

Jul. 14

Central Time Zone

Jul. 19

Central Time Zone

Jul. 20

Eastern Time Zone

Jul. 27

Pacific Time Zone

Aug. 4

Pacific Time Zone

Aug. 9

Central Time Zone

Aug. 24

Eastern Time Zone

Aug. 30

Central Time Zone

Sep. 7

Eastern Time Zone

Sep. 12

Central Time Zone

Sep. 20

Eastern Time Zone

Sep. 29

Central Time Zone

Oct. 4

Eastern Time Zone

Oct. 5

Central Time Zone

Oct. 13

Pacific Time Zone

Oct. 20

Eastern Time Zone

Oct. 26

Central Time Zone

How to Handle Emotionally Charged Situations in the Workplace

How to Handle Emotionally Charged Situations in the Workplace

Jul. 13

Pacific Time Zone

Jul. 14

Central Time Zone

Jul. 19

Eastern Time Zone

Jul. 28

Central Time Zone

Aug. 4

Central Time Zone

Aug. 11

Pacific Time Zone

Aug. 16

Eastern Time Zone

Aug. 31

Central Time Zone

Sep. 9

Central Time Zone

Sep. 13

Eastern Time Zone

Sep. 21

Central Time Zone

Sep. 29

Eastern Time Zone

Related Communication Articles

PRYOR+ 7-DAY FREE TRIAL


Experience 7-days of unlimited learning, then reap the benefits from a year of training at one low price. No credit card. No commitment. Individuals and teams.

Categories

1 Comment