Controversial Listening Skills

Are you really listening?
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One of my favourite things is sitting down with a friend for a cup of coffee and a chat. If we were having a cup of coffee together today, you would hear a lot about listening skills – the ability (or dismal failure) of the people around me to listen to what is being said to them.

I am grateful that I have friends who DO listen to me, even if it is just with half an ear. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood and communication quickly breaks down. Effective listening requires focus and concentration. The problem is that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

Having effective listening skills also means paying attention not only to what is being said but also to how it is being said. It…

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