How are your active listening skills? Listening is one of the most important skills I teach little people but how well do you listen? Listening like truly listening to the person who is speaking or to the environment surrounding you.
Your full body, mind and presence should be given to the person speaking, concentrating fully on what is being said, hearing the message of the person and reflecting on what has been said.
Our society is moulding us to be fast paced, distracted, disengaged and impatient. Active listening is fading away by consent interruptions, technology, story topping and impatience. We need to be cultivating spaces to listen to our loved ones, messages of strangers and our environment. Being present in your daily life can be challenge but it doesn’t have to be. It takes time, personal practise and a small amount of commitment.
I challenge you this week to be fully present in your conversations whether it be at work, in a shop, on the street or at home with loved ones. Connections we have with one another are so important but you cannot have strong connections with being present and actively listening. Enjoy what is being said, even if you disagree, stay present, acknowledge your speaker, use facial expressions and body movements to show you’re listening, keep your posture open and interested.
Lend your ear not always your opinion and with a small commitment, your listening skills will grow. So this week observe yourself when connecting and listening to others.
‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.’ – Leo Buscaglia
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