Retrain your ears

Listen. I mean really listen.

Can you do it?

If you can, you’re actively listening.

Active listening involves more than just hearing someone speak. When you practice active listening, you are fully concentrating on what is being said. It involves listening with all your senses and giving your full attention to someone.

Today, start small and try actively listening by consciously avoiding interruptions and redirecting the conversation. Focus on listening to only what the person wants to say.

Turns out being an actively engaged listener can have benefits on both sides. Not only are other people being heard but studies show that as a listener, you are improving your conversational abilities, reducing anxiety and enhancing your empathy for others.

So for today – listen up and listen hard.

Source: How to Practice Active Listening

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