Effective listeners

Effective listeners do their best to avoid these habits:

  1. Calling the subject uninteresting
  2. Criticizing the speaker and/or delivery
  3. Getting overstimulated
  4. Listening only for facts (bottom line)
  5. Not taking notes or outlining everything
  6. Faking attention
  7. Tolerating or creating distractions
  8. Tuning out difficult material
  9. Letting emotional words or ideas block the message or get us off track

What are the primary causes of your listening challenges?

What can you do to be a more empathic listener? A more attentive listener? A better active listener?

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