There are some people out there who can read a room the same way most people read a book. They have the roadmap to nonverbal cues and how to listen to the way someone talks on a level that’s beyond just content. But for others, this isn’t such an easy process. In an article for Project Times, Uri Galimidi explains how to help improve your listening ability.
One of the key factors of good communication is self-awareness. There are usually subtle hints of layered meaning buried into each interaction that can be easily missed if you aren’t paying attention. Maybe there were some changes in tone that might’ve flown under the radar earlier today or just a small thing or two that might’ve implied greater meaning.
You also need to be able to ask for feedback, which means you will need to be willing to allow people to be blunt with you. It’s a pretty vulnerable spot to be in, but you can ultimately use this as an opportunity to figure out what actions you may need to take moving forward.
Galimidi includes how you should have a trusted mentor or coach help you with listening:
This is perhaps the most effective strategy. But you have to make it a regular and focused topic of your coaching conversations, reviewing the events and interactions you experience every day, dissecting them with your mentor or coach, understanding what they mean to you, and deciding what you need to do about them, if anything.
The final component in improving your listening ability is to measure your progress. You can do this through a “360 degree” meeting, where you solicit feedback (perhaps anonymously, if that is an issue) from others on how well you are listening and communicating. Being able to see how you’re improving is pivotal to your progress to being a better listener.
You can view the original article here: https://www.projecttimes.com/articles/are-you-listening.html