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We probably all know someone like this: someone we can always go to, who asks great questions, who understands us well, who makes us feel heard. They’re someone who is a great listener. ​​​​​​​​
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In any healthy relationship, listening well to the other person is essential. When you are a good listener, you build trust, respect, and communication. Here are some tips for being a good listener. (Sound too intimidating? Pick one tip to work on at a time and once you have a good grasp of it, pick another).​​​​​​​​
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- Be patient. Give the other person more than enough time to say all that they need to.​​​​​​​​
- Don’t rush to make a judgement, but be open to the other person’s point of view. ​​​​​​​​
- Don’t rush to offer a solution. Many times, people just want to be heard, not fixed. ​​​​​​​​
- Don’t rush to respond. Instead of thinking what to say next, just listen.​​​​​​​​
- Ask questions to dive deeper or make sure you understood what they said. ​​​​​​​​
- Repeat back what the other person is saying: this affirms to them you are listening. ​​​​​​​​
- ‘Listen’ to what someone isn’t saying - what’s the emotion behind their words, or what is their body language saying? ​​​​​​​​
- Manage your emotions and don’t have an outburst while the other person is talking.​​​​​​​​
- If appropriate, follow up after the conversation is over and show the other person you still care.​​​​​​​​
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Who is a great listener in your life? Send them a message or call today to let them know how much you appreciate that about them.​​​​​​​​
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