Answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following questions
Have you been served the wrong menu at a restaurant, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut or even taken to wrong destination on a London cab?
Have you become so furious with people who don’t seem to be listening to what you have to say?
Have you wanted to become a better listener so you can learn to speak with better diction and pronunciation?
Have you been wrongly accused?
Have you felt your subordinates or colleagues have misinterpreted your message?
Do you get distracted easily?
Do you have difficulty focusing on content rather than delivery? (content anlaysis)
Do you interrupt smartly? (in conversations)
Do you have an open mind when you first hear or listen to new information? (do not argue)
Do you have to explain yourself when you answer these questions?
If the answer to this is yes, you are NOT becoming a better listener.
So AMP Up Your Listening Ear
The ear is not developed until it is used. Dr Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind.
Young children and teenagers do not get distracted easily, serious. They take no heed to switch from one task to another, especially whe the tasks are unrelated in terms of content. They will not read a book at the park, playground or beach.
They will not finish dinner promptly, wash the dishes and clean the table after. When eating is done, the job is done. Cleaning or washing up is not part of the process of eating.
They will use their bed as a trampoline during the day; they will USE the bed to sleep when their body is tired. (We want our beds to be made when we are not sleeping on it; our retreat.)
They will use the wall as paper for grafitti because it is afterall a flat surface, plain and ready to be worked on. They can hold a conversation smartly with an open mind, listen and process new information without ever feeling threatened or inhibited.
They have good listening skills; with immense capability to listen really well.