How does one learn to listen?
One of the best resources I've ever had that can help teach this is the book "Time to Think" by Nancy Klein. To add to that, be genuinely interested in the person and what they are saying to you. Make sure you will not be interrupted or distracted during a session. I also find that meditation helps to quiet your own mind, enabling you not to get distracted by your own thoughts when listening to others. I also think it's about practice too. The more you actively listen, the easier it gets. Reflect back your understanding of what the client has said to you so THEY know you're listening as well as confirming to yourself that you are.
Put people first. Ask a question let people fully answer .
By remembering this phrase- One mouth, but two ears! Active listening means that you are genuinely interested in the other person and you can step outside of yourself and give the other person your respect and attention.
Listening is an art. Practice listening and restating what you hear. Don't allow your mind to wander when someone is talking to you and don't think about what you want to say next. Pay attention.
First of all with exercise, engagement and a lot of study. It can sound strange, but the deep, contextual listening - typical of coaching - is not an easy activity: we are so used to interpret, to anticipate, to give advices.
It's necessary to become "egoless", that is to put your ego aside, ceasing judgement, prejudices, previsions, advices, projections, expectations, negative emotions... It's also important to learn to listen not only to the words, but also to the verbal and non verbal messages sent by the coachee, which represent the 93% of the global content of a normal communication!
Great question. Learningnto listen meansbyou acknowledge and understand that there is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening is a skill that requires you to be able to stay present, focused, and committed. Learning these three skills first is the foundation to learning to be an active and effective listener.
By shutting up!
By being interested in people and the way they think. By being in the "now"- and letting the energy flow. Everybody has a story to tell, and the whole world is our teacher.
Just by being quiet and trying to get in touch with what the other person is going through.
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