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A Few Listening Skills to Try

April 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

The truth is that we hear what we want to hear, and we remember what we choose to remember.

Whatever you do, try to become a specialist. If you find yourself in a boring meeting, and you earnestly need to listen carefully because there might be a quiz at the end, try to know what the meeting is about before hand and do some internet homework on the subject. Hopefully, that will kill some of the boredom.

To make the session go much better, try to earn the right to be in that situation. I mean try to take a step back and ask yourself the following question. What does this topic have to do with me? How can I apply it to my lifestyle? When can I use this information? Continue that range of thought. It just might generate some kind of interest in the topic at hand.

Try to be in line to get some kind of feedback from the meeting or the situation at hand. Having numerous people helping you remember, you will have little trouble ever failing.

Try to give yourself a brainstorming or mind mapping session with the topic.

Make sure that your hearing is okay and that you are not failing in that area.

If you do have little feedback, then, as soon as you get the chance, try to circulate if you are in a big group and learn what the topic was all about.

For those who say to listen with your whole heart and soul, are asking for trouble. Having good listening skills can be troublesome. It is said that women are great listeners. That may be true for many women, but I think men are pretty good, if you let them. In regards to men, you just need to make sure that they are given something that will spark their interest.

Some experts recommend that listeners should picture the speaker in an outrageous outfit, or with a funny face. The good part of this is that you will probably always have a smile on your face.

Seriously, making a real attempt at gaining the information is very important. Some have used drawing pictures and figures while someone is talking. In my own classes, I will not stop a student from drawing cute picture, but I will stop a student from writing a love letter. It has been proven that the drawing is actually helping the student get the intended information, while the student who is writing is totally out of the picture and into his writing message.

Alfred B. Porter Jr. is a Motivational Speaker, International Educator and Author. He has traveled the globe and presents seminars and workshops to adults, middle school, high school and college students. He specializes in the latest accelerated learning practices.

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