understand well you perform well and success is all yours when you perform well. A few tipsto help master the art of listening:
Listen with a purpose:
Cultivate the habit of listening with a purpose to stop your mind from wandering when theother person is speaking. The purpose could be to gain new knowledge, understand a different perspective, follow instructions, empathise with the speaker and share feelings or solve problems.
Maintain eye contact with the speaker to focus your attention on him. Gestures such as smilesand nods keep you tuned in to what the speaker is saying.
Encourage the speaker by using statements like ³Your have an interesting point there««..´.ask for clarifications if you have any doubts and never try to subdue or undermine others whilethey are speaking.
Never be in a hurry:
When you listen in a hurry you may not gain complete understanding of what is being said.Allow the speaker the time to complete what he is saying so that you properly understand hismessage. Jot down important points when ever possible.
Some times we may not interpret the speaker correctly. Our own mental filters, judgments,assumptions, beliefs and feelings come in the way of proper understanding of the messageconveyed by the speaker. So the best thing to do would be to repeat what you understood fromthe speaker¶s words to check if both of you are on the same page.Always think of listening as an active pursuit and you stand to gain immensely. You motivatethe speakers to give you as much information as they can. You grasp problems, situations andinstructions well and this helps you to perform well.People will listen to you in return and cooperate with you better. Costly mistakes and conflictscan be avoided.Successful people understand that to listen well is a powerful means of influence just like theability to speak well.They value listening as an essential element of conversation that makes communicationmeaningful.