Are you listening to me?
We hear more than we listen.
How many times has someone said to you, are you listening to me? That is the clue to listen more.
Listening is the most powerful skills of a leader. It is easy to talk about the importance, hard to be a great listener. Being a great listener is a lifetime assignment.
Here are a few nuggets from Les Giblin on how to be a better listener. Start practicing today.
1. Look at the other person in the eye. Show love.
2. Appear deeply interested in what she is saying. Be fully present.
3. Lean towards the other person. Only if you have clean breath!!! J
4. Ask questions. Anything else?
5. Don’t interrupt; instead, ask him to tell more. Oh really, why is that?
6. Stick to the subject. No topping with my stories is bigger.
7. Use the speaker words to get your point across. Preface some of your own remarks – as you pointed out or just like you said.
The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)