A Little Book of Listening Skills by Jennifer Austin Leigh, Mark Brady

By Jennifer Austin Leigh, Mark Brady

A bit publication of Listening Skills:52 crucial practices for profoundly loving your self and people is a ebook that teaches readers easy methods to hear with ears and hearts and to rework their lives and the lives of others.

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Some common examples would be trying to have a conversation during a movie, in a library, at a music recital, sporting event, or during a memorial service or a wedding. Distractions also diminish the listening experience. For example, interruptions from cell phones or other attention distracters like TVs and radios can hinder the listening experience. Skilled listeners avoid unnecessary distractions. Skilled listeners also maximise the listening environment when they are clear about the purpose of the conversation and the time limits available.

How do we best determine when someone might be ready, willing and able to hear? If someone is feeling defensive and hurt, they are unlikely to be able to usefully receive the “truth telling”. to ask them! Practise: Think of someone that you’d like to “give a piece of your mind” to. What is your motivation for such action? If you could transform your intention or motivation, how might you speak so that what you have to say could be heard and put to good use? 53 Section Three Reflection Questions What does it feel like when I listen deeply to someone?

The number one word was “I”. Most of us don’t realise how much of our daily talk is about ourselves. It’s a habit we began as children – one we’ve never found the need to change. Here are a few good reasons to break the habit: the word “I“ stifles true dialogue as well as the opportunity to learn anything new about the person you are in a conversation with, or a subject that they may know something about that you don’t. “I” stifles creative partnerships, teamwork and discovering new ways to fulfil others’ needs.

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