What is active listening communication?

So you want to learn about active listening communication? Good for you, my friend! Whether you’re looking to improve your personal relationships or become more effective in the workplace, active listening is an essential skill that everyone can benefit from.

But what exactly is ‘active listening communication’ anyway? And how do you go about doing it?

Let’s Start with the Basics: What is Active Listening?

Active listening involves fully concentrating on what another person is saying, understanding their message, and responding thoughtfully. It means really making an effort to hear not only their words but also their tone of voice, body language, and any other subtle cues they may be giving off.

As opposed to passive listening – where we might just half-heartedly nod along while thinking about something else entirely – active listeners work hard to build meaningful connections by engaging fully with the speaker.

Sound exhausting yet? Trust me; it’s worth it.

Benefits of Active Listening

Before diving into how one can actively listen like a boss, let’s first talk about why we should put so much effort into this darn thing:

  • You’ll communicate better – When people don’t feel heard or understood (because nobody’s paying attention), relationships tend not to go well.
  • You’ll avoid misunderstandings – More often than not when confusion and conflict arise between people it could have been avoided if only both parties had listened attentively so as not miss anything important.
  • People will trust and respect you more – When someone feels truly heard and valued by another person theirs is usually deep sense of gratitude towards such individuals..

Now that we’ve identified some good reasons why every competent adult needs active-listening under his/her belt let us continue…

How Can I Become An Awesome Active Listener?

Okay then, now that I got your attention (pun intended) here are practical tips, so you can start practicing active listening communication immediately:

1. Set the stage

Active listening requires a whole lot more than sitting still and not checking for email notifications on your phone during conversations.

Here are a few things to consider doing before kicking off tête-à-têtes:

  • Environment – try to pick an area without any distractions or interruptions like computers or mobile phones that have the potential of taking priority.
  • Mindset – During preparatory moments it is important that you lock away every other concern/intrusion such as work, family etc., until after the conversation.

It’s much harder to be present in the moment and focus on what someone else is saying when we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by everything else going on in our lives.

2. Show Them You’re Interested In What They Have To Say

The next time you’re speaking with someone, make sure they know that they’ve got your full attention by:

• Making Eye Contact
• Nodding Head & smiling where necessary
• Facial expressions i.e expressing empathy regarding subject areas been discussed

These may seem like obvious gestures but surprisingly people mess them up all the time; yet small adjustments could go a long way towards enhancing engagement between parties involved.

3. Ask Questions!

Instead of just waiting for your turn to speak ensure within reasonable limits ask question(s) relating to said topic It’s never a bad idea once in awhile repeating what was already said earlier (especially if its clarification needed).

  • “Can you explain ______ more?”
  • “What do you think about __?”
  • “How did _ make you feel?”

Not only does asking questions show respect/desire-to-understand but also facilitates less monotonous dialogue which everybody would appreciate.

So remember ASK QUESTIONS!

Want More? There Is Something Called Active Listening Modes TOO..

As previously stated, there’s a whole lot more to active listening than just not coming across as a total douche unable to have coherent conversations.

4. There are three modes of active listening

a) Reflective Listening – where you essentially paraphrase statements made by other party, using key words & phrases while avoiding interpretation.

b) Interpretative Listening – (slightly different from reflective mode) involves being able to interprete and summarise what the speaker is trying to communicate without missing out on body language or any other subtle clues given off by speaker..

c) Responsive Listening – this one requires genuine emotion & reaction towards passages discussed which ultimately leads in building strong relationships between colleagues..

Here Are Some Tips To Help You Master The Three Modes:

• Pay Attention and Respond
Don’t stare blankly-either memorize particular things said or make note of them; actively respond appropriately interjecting when necessary

• Take Notes
Jotting down pertinent/important information related may come in handy for later reference/reiteration purposes..

Let’s Wrap This Up: Final Thoughts on Active-Listening Communication

As ironic as it is that good communication skills aren’t taught neccessarily at school, there’s never too late for anybody getting started whether its putting into practice some active-listening exercises or simply taking our colleague(s)/friend(s) out for coffee and engaging meaningfully until foreign terrain becomes somewhat familiar.

The reality? Becoming an excellent communicator via utilizing active listening doesn’t occur overnight, but gradual improvement noted over time naturally builds evolving individual confidence overtime.

And who wouldn’t want that?

So go ahead live your best life with this skill up your sleeve YOU GOT THIS!

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