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In this video, we’re unlocking the power of active listening. Wait. I know what you’re thinking right now. I’m a great active listener. Do you want to try that thought again?
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Seriously, folks, have you ever felt like you’re talking but not being heard? I see a lot of you nodding your heads out there. It’s. It’s frustrating, right? Well, that’s where active listening comes in. It’s not just about hearing. It’s about understanding, engaging, and showing empathy.
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Research from the University of Southern California reveals a startling finding. Yep, startling. Over 70% of employees suffer from inadequate listening skills. This deficiency leads to simple misunderstandings and triggers a cascade of consequences, including errors, overlooked opportunities, disputes, delayed projects, and even fractured relationships. Let me say that last one again. Fractured relationships. Let that sink in for a moment.
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Fractured relationships. So how do we become effective listeners, Improve those relationships, and avoid disputes while capturing all the opportunities coming our way? Hmm.
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First. Zip it. You can’t listen if you’re doing all the talking. Be present in the moment and quiet your thoughts to hear what the other person is saying.
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Okay, That’s that. That’s creepy. Don’t do it that way. The next step is maintain eye contact. It shows respect and encourages openness. But don’t stare. It’s all about the balance and not that kind of balance.
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Third show. You’re engaged. No, I’m not talking about getting married. I’m talking about not in understanding. Lean in slightly and react appropriate. Your body language speaks volumes.
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Yeah. Let’s not see that again.
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Finally, reflect and respond. Repeat back a summary of what you’ve heard the speaker say. It not only validates the Speaker’s thoughts and feelings, but lets the Speaker know that you understood their message
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And that’s it. Active listening. It’s a game changer. It builds trust, prevents miscommunication, and helps you understand others, practice it to enhance both personal and professional relationships. There’s that word again.
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Now go out there and listen like you mean it. But before you do that, if you enjoyed the content, don’t miss out on more communication tips for improving your you guessed it, relationships and your life. Hit that subscribe button to get all the latest new videos. Until next time, communicate with confidence.