Listening is the most important skill in communication. If you want to be successful as a writer, it’s crucial that you’re able to listen well.
Here are a few things to consider as you begin listening to people:
1. Understand Their Perspective
As a writer, you are often the person in charge. You know what to say and when to say it.
When talking with others, it’s easy to think that you know the answer and that others need to tell you what they think. This is the opposite of being a good listener.
It’s important to understand where the other person is coming from, what their goals are, and what motivates them.
When you try to control the conversation, you lose the chance to learn from them. Instead, listen to the other person and let them talk. They may not even realize they’re communicating to you.
2. Give Them Time
Many people feel pressured to speak quickly and to finish what they have to say.
If someone asks you a question, give them time to respond. Don’t rush them.
It can take them longer than you expect to respond.
If you interrupt them, they won’t want to continue the conversation.
3. Show Them That You Care
You don’t have to show it every time you talk, but if you have an opportunity to make a good impression, use it.
It’s easy to get caught up in the flow of a conversation.
But if you can take a few seconds to show someone that you care, they’ll appreciate it.
Thank you for reading!