Are you a listener?

Personally I’ve always thought of myself as a listener. Not that I don’t like talking (in contrary), but the words of my father (on the matter) stuck with me:

What you saying, is something you already know. What the other people are telling, is something you might not know… So always pay attention when people are speaking!

With these words in mind, I came across the following article where it had a kind of checklist to see if you’re really listening:

  • Interrupting the speaker to tell your own story or give advice.
  • Not making eye contact.
  • Finishing the speaker’s thoughts or asking too many questions about details.
  • Rushing the speaker.
  • Answering the phone, texting, e-mailing or paying attention to something else.
  • Forgetting what the speaker says.
  • Waiting for the speaker to finish so you can “top” the speaker’s story—”That reminds me of…” or, “That’s nothing compared to…”

I’ve got some mixed feelings about point three though. I thought that this showed interest in someone’s story. Yet as I try to avoid it, I’ve found myself guilty of point 5 on occasions when the other party “likes to hear his/her own voice” instead of passing the message on. The last one is probably something everyone does (I hope, otherwise I’ve got a problem 😉 ) to continue the storyline of the talks?

2 thoughts on “Are you a listener?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.