Ten Commandments Of Good Listening
Posted On: 2009-01-02
- STOP TALKING - You cannot listen while you are talking. Polonius said: "Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice."
- PUT THE SPEAKER AT EASE - Help him feel that he is free to talk.
- SHOW HIM THAT YOU WANT TO LISTEN - Look and act interested. Don't ignore him while he talks. Listen to understand...rather than to reply.
- REMOVE DISTRACTIONS - Don't doodle, tap your foot or shuffle papers.
- EMPATHIZE WITH HIM - Try to put yourself in his shoes so you can see his point of view.
- BE PATIENT - Allow plenty of time. Don't interrupt him. Don't start for the door or walk away.
- HOLD YOUR TEMPER - An angry man gets the wrong meaning from words. "He who angers you, conquers you."
- GO EASY ON ARGUMENT AND CRITICISM - This puts him on the defensive. He may 'clam up' or get angry. Don't argue. If you win...you lose.
- ASK QUESTIONS - This encourages him and shows that your are listening. It helps develop points further.
- STOP TALKING - This is the first and last commandment, because all the others depend on it. You just can't do a good job of listening while you're talking!