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Are You Listening?

  1. Are you giving the speaker 100% of your attention?
  2. Are you listening to understand, rather than listening to respond?
  3. Have you opened your mind to receive what is being said?
  4. Have you rejected the temptation to prepare your response while the other person is speaking?
  5. Are you open to changing your mind?
  6. Are you aware of what is not being said as well as what is being said?
  7. Are you taking account of the degree of emotion attached to the words?
  8. Are you aware of any differences, and similarities (such as culture, age, gender) between you and the speaker which may influence how you listen?
  9. Are you giving signals to the speaker that you are listening?
  10. Are you valuing the speaker and the experience they have gathered in their life so far?

Poor Listening Habits

Do you ever find yourself falling into any of these habits?

  1. Interrupting the speaker
  2. Avoiding eye contact
  3. Hijacking the speaker's message with "That reminds me..." or "That's nothing, let me tell you about..."
  4. Making assumptions
  5. Reacting emotionally
  6. Faking attention
  7. Succumbing to internal and external distractions

International Listening Association
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