When we listen well, we are communicating. It is very important to listen well. If we learn how to listen well, it has the power to change how we view the world. It can change our lives, too.
Why is it so important to listen well?
- It determines how well we will communicate with others
- When we listen well, we are growing
- When we listen well, we are learning from others.
- When we listen well, we earn trust and respect from our colleagues.
- When we listen well, we attract new friends.
- When we listen well, we will attract new business opportunities
- When we listen well, we act on facts not assumptions.
- Listening well strengthens our relationships.
- For students, when you listen well, your performances will be better.
Since listening is part of who we are as human beings, the CRITICAL question is:
Why are people not listening well?
To answer this critical question, according to Dr. M. Scott Peck, M.D., in his amazing book, The Road Less Traveled, He said, “Listening well is an exercise of attention and by necessity hard work. It is because they do not realize this or because they are not willing to do the work that most people do not listen well.”
When you read and digest this quote, you will see why people don’t care to listen to anyone, but themselves. They don’t listen, according to Dr. Scott’s quote, because:
- It is an exercise of attention
- It is hard to listen well
- They underestimate what it takes to listen well
- They are not willing to do the hard work involved in listening well
Listen well! If you don’t listen well, you are not communicating, you are not growing, and you are not learning.