We communicate with others by any means. The best way to improve our communication by listening and responding. Before responding it is very important to know what another person is speaking. It is a very crucial thing for business people to increase their sales by increasing customers. It is a challenging thing for CEO’s and marketing people to creating connections with employees and customers, these things can only happen with good communication. One of the most critical elements of good communication is ‘listening’.
There are several levels of listening that you may practice. If you think that improving your communication would be valuable, then having awareness on how you are listening to others and yourself is much important.
Let’s be honest, every one of us could benefit from stronger communication.
The three levels of listening here can help you determine how well you are communicating with others.
Level 1: Listening to Respond
Do you ever find yourself listening to someone with the sole purpose to respond? This happens frequently when two people are arguing their opposing political views.If you are thinking of what you are going to say back in response while someone is speaking, then you are practicing Level 1 listening which is not good for a healthy relationship. It is about you, not the other person. Most listening happens at this level.
By listening to respond- You are doing too much talking, and you are making it about you.
Unless you drop the need to make it about you, you won’t be able to achieve deeper listening.
Level 2: Listening to Hear
This is when you are listening to really hear the words the other person is saying. You respond only after you’ve processed what’s been said, and it is now about the other person, not you. This helps you start to understand at a higher level, and it helps the other person begin to feel heard. You are proving that by being able to paraphrase back what the other person just said. This is effective listening, but you might be missing some other conversational cues.
By listening to hear- You are hearing the words and focusing on the other person. Well, you are to the next level! Good work.
Level 3: Listening to Feel
If you are listening to someone carefully, you can also feel what they say and can remind what isn’t said. While you might not spend every meeting deep in this level of listening as it takes commitment and presence. Since our closest relationships are often the ones we take for granted, practice this with your team, your partner, or your children to find a maximum impact.
-By listening to feel, you can hear and feel more informed and can provide empathy and better connection with others.
It is important to be aware of, to choose when to use each level. Each of us has a different capacity for listening but, to be sure, it is a skill that we can train over time.
“ Remind yourself every morning Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”
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