Listening is an important part of connecting with and learning from others, whether it’s a close friend, boss or family member. Being a good listener allow us to understand the lives and needs of others, as well as absorb information that might be pertinent to our own worldly experience. Listening it requires active although mostly silent participation to create a mutual interaction that builds communication trust, and even compassion.
Active listening refers to a pattern of listening that keeps you engaged with your conversation partner in a positive way. It is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice.
When you practice active listening, you make the other person feel heard and valued. In this way, active listening is the foundation for any successful conversation.
Active listening involves more than just hearing someone speak. When you practice active listening, you are fully concentrating on what is being said. You listen with all of your senses and give your full attention to the person speaking.
During my volunteering project I found great listeners. In our office we have a really interesting and valuable conversations during the breaks of the tasks. ❤