“Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King, internationally known television and radio show host
It’s not often that I get the chance to quote Larry King. So when I do, I take it!
One of the best things we can do to connect to others, learn about someone, and get smarter is to listen! I know, sounds strange right?
But think about this: How often to do you interrupt when someone else is talking? Think about what you’re going to say when the other person finishes? Check your email when you’re supposed to be listening? Are you supposed to be listening to someone right now while reading this?!!
Clean up your listening act now to be more present, charismatic, and genuine in your interactions with others:
– Stop multi-tasking! If you care about what the person is saying, then you owe it to them. If you don’t care, then why are you talking to them?
– When you find your mind wandering, pull it back in by making eye contact with the person. Or if on the phone, close your eyes to focus on their voice.
– Pause before responding. This will make you appear more thoughtful, composed, and present in your conversations!
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