How to be a good listener

India
November 6, 2008 3:51am CST
Listening is essential part of communication.Being a good and patient listener helps you not only solve many problems at work or home , but also to see world with eyes of others, thereby opening your understanding and enhancing your capacity for empathy. There are some tips to be good listener like: 1. Place yourself in other person's shoes 2. Remove all distraction 3. Do not interuppt 4. Wait for person to open up 5. Be patient There might be lot more. If you are aware let me know about some more.
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@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I agree with you! :) Thank you for your very important and informative post! :) Listening is SO important! :) Your advice is very good! :) Thanks again! :)
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@mtata23 (354)
• India
6 Nov 08
I agree with you. A good listener should have the mentioned qualities. It is not important one should talk and talk in a group, conversation or to get some useful information. By keeping silent and listening to a good, learned and wise people is essential to gain something. Of course it does'nt matter if someone is talking rubbish and you just slip away to avoid nuisance. What do you say?
@owlwings (39767)
• Cambridge, England
6 Nov 08
Here is a good and comprehensive list of points to observe in being a good listener: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Listener Wikihow is usually a very good source of information but please be aware that if you quote from any site, you should always give the source, since most material on the Internet is copyright in some way or another.
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@rprabu1 (162)
• India
12 Dec 08
The guidelines you pointed are extremely good. I do obey these usually. we need to observe the body language too of the person who speaks it is a good habit. have a nice day
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec 08
I agree with your suggestions. I believe that I cannot be a good talker till I am a good listener. I believe that I am a good listener and I do listen to others properly and attentively, else I won't be able to solve their problem or some suggestions, if required. I am patient and careful in listening to others and I give othes ample opportunity to pour out their feeling. I first try to listen to them very very patiently and after listening and understanding what others want to convey, I start the talking. I am more of a listener and love to listen to others, I know now a days everyone wants to talk, however, no one has the time to listen to others. Therefore, giving a patient hearing to someone dear to you, definitely cheers him up and give him a kind of satisfaction that somebody has listened to him.
• United States
7 Nov 08
i definately agreeeeee
@legend4u (1019)
• India
6 Nov 08
you have some very good theory. i have never thought of it has this. i was born with this quality is beeing a good listener. this is true!! my father is a great listener and from childhood i have seen him just listening tosme of the interest story as well as boaring ones of some people but with same eagerness to listen. everyone likes the person who is ready to hear what he/shhe has to say..