Got Listening Skills?
The most important skill you can build on in your life is your listening skills. And yet …
The single biggest issue negatively impacting most work environments and relationships is … poor listening skills.
So why is listening so hard?
Listening requires that we stop our internal mind chatter and focus on listening to the other person.
Listening means we need to get past ourselves and our egos long enough to listen to what the other person has to say, think, or feel.
The paradox that listening creates is that most of us don’t feel heard or listened too. In order to be heard, we feel the need to speak first and speak often to make sure the other person is “getting” us.
The truth of the matter is that when we listen first with the intention to understand the wants and needs of the other person, they are then more likely to help us get what we need. It’s the old if you want something give it away first and you will get it back in bucketfuls!
So the next time you have an opportunity to speak … think about the possibility of what might happen if you listen first.
Now imagine if everyone in the world listened before they spoke for just 1 day?
I know what you’re thinking … who would talk? It would be really quiet out there …
I don’t think we’d have to worry about that!