How do you get good at communication? By listening more!
I assumed I’m a good listener, till I learned the difference between listening to understand, and listening to respond. When we listen to respond, we are always on the edge of our chairs, waiting to pitch in our opinions, thoughts and experiences. Sometimes, we cut the speaker towards the end of their sentence, even without realizing it, for we can’t wait to share our response. However, that doesn’t account to good listening, which often times is the foundation of the relationships we form. When you let the speaker express themselves to their heart’s content, understand what they meant to convey, and only then respond, you lay the foundation for good communication that does justice to both.