Listening...How Good Are You?
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply” - Stephen Covey.
We are all guilty of this especially in times of conflict. We interrupt, we finish sentences, we express opinions but what we must realise is that listening is a skill. It takes practice and plenty of it. The time spent listening to another person, is not the time where you formulate your response. It is about giving them the space they need and truly understanding what the other person is conveying. This can be surprisingly difficult as our thoughts or ideas about what the other person is saying tend to hook us in and distract us from listening.
Have you ever asked yourself how good are you at listening to others?