Stop, Look and Then Really Listen
— The importance of listening quote by Dr. Jo
Listen up, I’ve got something important to tell you.
Hey, I’m talking to you.
Yes, you! OK, are you listening now?
Wait a minute, you are still not paying attention, are you?
I want you to stop what you are doing because I’m only going to say this once.
Listening is a lost art today.
What do you mean you didn’t get it the first time?
Yes, I will say it again, but this time you really need to hear what I say. Ready?
Are you sure this time?
All right – here goes.
Listening is a lost art today.
What’s that, you want me to say it one more time?
Come on, get the peanut butter out of your ears and listen up.
OK, one last time. Listening is a lost art today! Good grief.
It seems to get harder and harder to effectively communicate with people every day.
“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.”
— Listening quotation from Lee Iacocca —
The biggest problem with communication, regardless of whether the breakdown occurs at home, in the workplace or somewhere in between, is that people have lost their ability to listen to others.
That is why it is important for us to recondition ourselves to listen, listen and listen some more.
Being a “good listener” requires that we take the time to listen to what people say and what people mean when they say it.
When you begin to really listen to what others are saying, you will be in a much better position to respond to what they are saying.
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid to me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
Communication can never be a one way street. Effective communication is always a give and take between the parties involved, where the interaction flows – back and forth.
Regardless of whether the communication is an informal exchange of information or a private expression of feelings,
it is imperative that all parties participate.
In order for us to effectively interact with others, not only do we need to get good at talking, we also need to improve our listening skills as well.
Anyone can talk, but great communicators are the winners who have mastered the fine art of listening.
“It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.—
The better you become at listening to what your coworkers, friends and family have to say to you, the better your relationships with these people will become as well.
A good communicator learns early on the importance of letting others talk and also learns how to effectively listen as well.
We should commit to improving our lines of communication and removing any and all sound barriers once and for all.
As you systematically break one sound barrier after another, you will find your interpersonal skills and relationships with others improving dramatically as a result.
As an added bonus, you will find that breaking the sound barrier will provide you some nice sound “effects” as well.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
— Effective communication quotation from Winston Churchill —
Here’s hoping you break the sound barrier today!