This is a brief exposure to the power of active listening and an overview of all the nuances that make a good listener. This is part one of a four-part series because we’re going to take a deeper look into the details of each component to understand why it’s important to even identify them in the first place. Active listening is a skill that isn’t taught to us growing up, but it takes effort and hard work to utilize to the best of our advantage.

Here’s what you can expect from this episode:

  • It is a skill, requires hard work
  • Has many benefits, most importantly building a community where all perspectives are welcome
    • It’s a sign of respect, independent thinking, and teamwork
    • Will benefit an indivdual ability to grow and be successful in their education, careers, and personal lives
  • Comes with challenges
    • Low concentration
    • Lack of prioritization
    • Poor judgement
    • Misguided focus
    • Different types of barriers
      • Cultural
      • Gender
    • 4 important stages to listening
      • Attending/Receiving
      • Understanding/Organizing
      • Responding through interpretation
      • Remembering by moving information from STM to LTM
    • 3 types of listening
      • Informational
        • Classroom/medical/board meeting settings
          • Focus is on showing commitment to the message
        • Empathetic
          • When a friend is trying to cope or solve a problem
            • Focus is on creating a safe space
          • Critical
            • Advertisements/political campaigns/religious sermons
              • Focus is on credibility
            • 4 styles of listening
              • People oriented
              • Action oriented
              • Content oriented
              • Time oriented
                • By identifying our listening style, we can understand where we need help with our listening
                  • We can also adapt to the styles of others to create strong and more successful interactions
  • How do you practice listening from the heart? And what ways do you show someone that you are actively listening to what they are sending you?