Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Good A Listener Are You?

Listening is an essential part of effective communication. Listening is different from hearing. Listening enhances your capacity for understanding and empathy. When you listen to what another is saying, you begin to see the world through his or her viewpoint.

How are you in a conversation? Do you get impatient? Daydream? Multi-task? Focus solely on the person talking with you? Take the test to find out.

Scale: 1 - Always; 2 - Frequently; 3 - Sometimes; 4 - Never

_____ Do you interrupt others or finish their sentences?

_____ Do you find yourself thinking, "Hurry up! Finish the story already!"

_____ When I'm on the telephone, I often engage in another activity.

_____ Do you interrupt to express your point of view?

_____ Do you ever set the phone down, or pull it away from your ear?

_____ Do you urge others to hurry up, with words like "Yeah, yeah" so you can have your turn to speak?

_____ Do you form opinions before he/she has finished talking?

_____ Do you get uncomfortable when there are pauses in a conversation?

_____ Do you often use a speakerphone when the call is solely between you and another?

_____ Are you thinking about your response while the other person is still talking?

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them." ~ Ralph Nichols

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