"What Everyone Needs Is a Good Listening To"
— anonymous greeting card
Have you ever tried to do business with someone who just wouldn't listen?
The first time I met with a personal trainer, circa 1992, I
Nice. Not surprisingly, I never returned to that trainer. It pays to listen to the customer.
Listening to anyone is surely one of the highest forms of respect. Or to use the words of Martin Luther King Jr., "Riot is the language of the unheard."
9 Tips to Be a Better Listener
- Give your full attention to the person speaking.
- Set aside what you're planning to say.
- Check for understanding.
- Acknowledge what the other person is saying/not saying. Let them know you hear them.
- Just let the other person talk, without necessarily trying to "fix."
- Use open, friendly posture and facial gestures. These convey you are receptive and tuning in.
- Don't be afraid to pause briefly before responding.
- When it works to do so, take notes.
- Repeat key details, such as dates and times. This lets the other person know you "got it" and you care.
Listening to anyone is surely one of the highest forms of respect.
— Gina DeLapa