Why is Listening Important?
Lifestyle,  Self-Improvement

Why is Listening Important? Here are the 8 Reasons Why

There are many life skills that you need to have. One of them is listening skills. Do you know why listening is important? People always keep on learning to communicate with each other from an early age until the end. Babies are learning to talk by listening to their parents or things around them. Then they will try to say the words they hear. When we get older, we listen to other people for many purposes.

Why is Listening Important in Communication?

There are many life skills that you need to have. One of them is listening skills. Do you know why listening is important? People always keep on learning to communicate with each other from an early age until the end. Babies are learning to talk by listening to their parents or things around them. Then they will try to say the words they hear. When we get older, we listen to other people for many purposes.

Why is Listening Important in Communication?
Based on the research of Adler, R, Rosenfeld, L. and Proctor, 2001, Adults spend an average of 70% of their time engaged in some communication, of this an average of 45% spent listening compared to 30% speaking, 16% reading, and 9% writing.

 

We listen for different reasons, i.e., understanding the message, getting new information, and doing something. Moreover, to evaluate and judge, appreciate or respect others, be sympathetic and empathetic about others, and many more.

But the most important thing is that we need to listen to have effective communication in our daily life because every person always wants to be heard. Listening is different than hearing as it requires focus and other senses. The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen.

Why is Listening Important?

Just listen and give your attention. Image by rawpixel from Pixabay

“Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.”

~Rachel Naomi Remen

Nowadays, many people like to interrupting rather than being calm and listening to other people. You can see it in your environment or on Television, where a person talks and others interrupting their own opinion or add more questions.

One example was the American presidential debate on September 26, 2016, whereas Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times, while she interrupted him 11 times. By seeing these numbers, we can see that sometimes people forgot that To Lead is To Listen. 

Why is Listening Important?
Listening is important in leadership, because to lead is to listen. Image by Welcome to all and thank you for your visit ! ツ from Pixabay

“To meet at all, one must open one’s eyes to another; and there is no true conversation no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other.”

~ Jessamyn West.

The benefits of listening

Steve Jobs was a successful entrepreneur and a good listener. In 2002, when Jobs was attending a dinner, he was listening to a Microsoft employee. He boasted about a tablet computer software using a stylus or pen, as it’s written in Walter Isaac on Steve Jobs’ biography.

Then on May 20, 2007, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs interviewed at the All Things Digital (D5) conference. Gates described the future of computing in the next five years, and Jobs was listening very carefully. On June 29, 2007, the 1st generation of iPhone using a multi-touched interface launched, and three years later, in 2010, the first iPad launched. He listened to ideas, not just words.

 

“I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.”

~ Henry J. Kaiser

When you listen to other people entirely, you will not only listen to the words they say, but you will recognize their emotions, body language, problems, needs, and goals.

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama

How to be a good listener?

  • Listen – do not talk, comment, nor judge (except when the person asks you to speak after he/she finishes).
  • Focus and relax.
  • Smile to make the speaker comfortable when talking to you.
  • Eye contact.
  • Free your mind and hands(no phone, please) pay more attention to the speaker by not doing anything else except listening.
  • Try to put your shoes in his/her shoes.
  • Be patient and tolerant.
  • Observe the other person’s gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements to see whether the other person listens to you.

 

Why is Listening Important?
By listening, we will broaden our horizons. Image by jamesoladujoye from Pixabay

“A good listener will listen not only to what is being said but also to what is left unsaid or only partially said.”

~ Unknown

Benefits you will get for being a good listener.

  1. Able to interact with other people with various personalities easily.
  2. Enriches knowledge.
  3. Confer respect and trust.
  4. More patient and tolerant.
  5. Less misunderstanding.
  6. Having good relationships with others.
  7. Save time.
  8. Enhance motivation and encouragement.
  9. As listening is one of the essential life skills, you have to teach your children how to be good listeners by being a good ones for them. Yet you can continuously improve your listening skills for more knowledge, personal development, and career. When you listen to others saying, don’t forget to listen to your heart as well!😉

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

~ Dr. Karl Menninger


 

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