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Why and how to be a better listener

 

Often, whether you realize it or not, the best conversationalists are those who are the best listeners! Walk up to a person, talk a bit and listen more and the other person will find you a very interesting conversationalist. Having a conversation is not only about speaking, it’s also about listening. A good listener knows that it is easier to win a person by listening attentively rather than by talking. It pays to be an attentive listener!

 

The following tips will help you listen well. Doing these things will also demonstrate to the speaker that you are paying attention. While you may in fact be able to listen while looking down at the floor, doing so may imply that you are not. It is important that you also look interested.

 

To show you are interested, first and foremost you have to be genuinely interested. Try to find things about the person that you can really be interested in. Faking it won’t get as good results. Ask him about them and encourage him to talk on it. 

 

An interested person will maintain eye contact and lean towards the speaker. Do not interrupt but wait for your chance to speak. Adopt a more open body posture, that is, do not fold your arms or cross your legs.

 

A good listener knows that being attentive to what the speaker doesn't say is as important as being attentive to what he does say. Look for non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and posture to get the full gist of what the speaker is telling you. Through the body language it can be told whether the other person is enjoying the conversation or not. The more you pay attention, you will notice, the more a person will open up.

 
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