Mastering the Art of Active Listening
Give Your Full Attention:
When someone is speaking, focus on them entirely. Avoid distractions and truly engage in the conversation.
Maintain Eye Contact:
Making eye contact shows that you're fully present and interested in what the other person is saying.
Let the speaker finish their thoughts before responding. Interrupting can disrupt their flow and make them feel unheard.
Use Nonverbal Cues:
Nodding, smiling, and using facial expressions and body language to convey that you're actively listening and empathizing.
Ask Open-Ended Questions:
Encourage the speaker to share more by asking open-ended questions that require more than a simple "yes" or "no" response.
Paraphrase and Reflect:
Summarize what the speaker has said to ensure you've understood correctly.
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