On National Day of Listening, Learn How to Become an Active Listener
On November 27th, Know the Top 5 Techniques for Active Listening
An active listener is someone who pays close attention to someone who’s talking to them. As they listen, they make use of their senses to pick up both the verbal and nonverbal messages that the speaker is sending. The body language of an active listener also shows that they’re fully engaged and present in the moment.
Active listening is an extremely important skill that you can master. Your ability to listen can have a significant impact on your personal and professional relationships as well as your job effectiveness.
On November 27th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, we celebrate the National Day of Listening. Make use of this unofficial holiday to take the first steps to become a better listener.
The Top 5 Techniques for Active Listening
If you want to build relationships, steer clear of conflict, manage your team well, get that promotion, and raise your kids well, you need to improve your active listening skills. To get started, check out these five techniques that can help you become the kind of listener that you’ve always wanted to be.
1. Look at the speaker.
Whether you’re having a conversation with a person or listening to someone speak at a seminar, facing the person who’s talking and looking at them is the first step to active listening. Make sure to avoid looking at your watch, smartphone, other people, or anywhere else while the person is still speaking.
This doesn’t mean that you have to look into their eyes all the time. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, you may choose to look at the other parts of their face.
2. Never interrupt the person who’s talking.
You’re being rude when you interrupt your conversation partner or finish their sentences. This behavior will also limit your ability to understand and absorb the information that the speaker is trying to relay to you. You’ll end up missing the speaker’s point when you only pay attention to your own train of thoughts.
For this reason, it’s best to save your comments or questions when the speaker has already finished their explanation.
3. Remain neutral until the speaker is finished.
When you practice active listening, you remain neutral by withholding your judgment. When you don’t form any opinions on the speaker’s message, your understanding of the subject as well as your attention to the speaker won’t get compromised.
Refuse the urge to think critically of what the other person is saying. Keep in mind that active listeners are open-minded and are willing to consider other beliefs even when these contradict theirs.
4. Clarify and reflect.
You can check if you and your conversation partner are on the same page and make the other person feel that they’re being heard if you clarify and reflect. When you clarify, you attempt to clear up misunderstandings by asking questions. On the other hand, reflecting means confirming to the speaker that you understood their message by paraphrasing what they said.
Clarifying questions usually start with. “What did you mean by….?” or “What do you think is…?” Reflecting statements start with, “I heard you say…” or “You were saying…”
5. Be mindful of your body language.
Folding your arms while taking part in a conversation suggests that you don’t agree with what the speaker is saying, or that you’re being defensive. On the other hand, leaning in toward your conversation partner or leaning your head sideways, or allowing your head to rest in one hand suggests that you’re interested in what the speaker is saying.
Listen to the Cries for Help of Breast Cancer Sufferers
On the National Day of Listening this November 27th, find time to listen to the cries for help of destitute breast cancer patients in your community. They may not verbalize their call for help, but you could feel it just the same.
If you have an unwanted vehicle that you’re planning to dispose of, this is all you need to help them. Simply contact us at Breast Cancer Car Donations and donate that vehicle to us.
Upon receiving your auto donation, we’ll have it auctioned off. Once it is sold, we’ll use the generated funds to support the life-saving programs of our breast cancer-focused charity partners. The proceeds will enable them to continue delivering critical breast health services to uninsured and underserved individuals in your area.
Thanks to your charitable contribution, needy patients in your local area will be given access to top medical facilities where they can get free screening and biopsy and undergo full treatment, including surgery as well as chemo and radiation therapy. With our combined efforts, we can bring breast cancer numbers down in your community.
As our donor, you’ll receive precious rewards, including getting entitled to receive a maximized tax deduction in the next tax season. You will also benefit from our free pickup and towing service.
Above all, you’ll have the priceless reward of experiencing the joy and fulfillment that comes with helping save the lives of needy individuals,
It doesn’t matter if you donate an old car that needs a lot of work or a vehicle that’s as good as new. We’ll accept your donation as it is. What’s more, you can make your donation from any point throughout the United States.
If you’re interested to learn more about our donation program, including the hows of donating, feel free to visit our FAQs page. Should you have any questions concerns, don’t hesitate to call us at 866-540-5069 or leave us a message here.
Turn Your Clunker into a Saver of Lives Today
In celebration of the National Day of Listening this November 27th, turn your clunker into a saver of lives. Hand it over to us, and we’ll use it to help breast cancer sufferers in your community. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our online donation form now!