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The Art of Listening: Why It's a Skill We Should All Work to Master

high performance listening Mar 21, 2023
People listening to each other during a conversation

In today's world, it often seems like everyone is talking and nobody is listening. Everyone is in a hurry to speak their mind and make their point. We are constantly bombarded with information from all directions, and the pressure to respond quickly and effectively can be overwhelming. In the midst of all this noise, the art of listening is slowly being lost. 

However, High Performers know that listening is a critical skill that has the power to transform relationships and improve outcomes in virtually every area of life.  

When we truly listen to others, we create a space where they can be heard, understood, and validated. This creates a sense of trust and rapport that is essential for building strong, meaningful relationships. 

What is listening and why is it so important? 

Let’s start with what listening is. Listening is an active process that involves not only hearing (a biological function that allows us to perceive sound), but also understanding and interpreting the messages being conveyed. 

Listening is essential for effective communication. Whether we are in a personal or professional setting, listening helps us understand the needs and perspectives of others, which in turn helps us build stronger relationships and make better decisions. When we listen actively, we can pick up on nuances in tone and body language that may reveal hidden emotions or concerns. This helps us respond appropriately and empathetically, which can help build trust and rapport with others. 

So how can we become better listeners? 

The first step is to be present in the moment. This means eliminating distractions like phones or other devices, and giving our full attention to the person speaking.  

It's also important to show empathy and seek to understand the other person's point of view, rather than just waiting for our turn to speak. 

Another key aspect of listening is asking questions. When we ask questions, we demonstrate that we are engaged and interested in the conversation, and we can clarify any misunderstandings or uncertainties.  

Active listening involves not only hearing what the other person is saying, but also reflecting back what we've heard to ensure that we understand their message correctly. 


By making an effort to become a better listener, you can improve your relationships with others and achieve better outcomes in all areas of your life. Whether you are in business, education, or personal relationships, the power of listening cannot be overstated. So let's make an effort to slow down, listen more, and build deeper connections with those around us. 


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