Listening is all about making a conscious effort to be wholly present when someone is talking. This means shutting down technology, avoiding multitasking and dismissing distractions. Research indicates that the average person listens for only 17 seconds before interrupting and interjecting or thinking about what to say next. If you think this isn’t obvious to the listener or the key decision maker, think again.
- Career advancement requires effective communication skills and that isn’t limited to sales or presentations. You need to be a good listener.
- Career advancement requires continually learning something new and the only way you can do that is by being fully open to receiving.
- Career advancement requires working well with others. A new client and new team member will be more likely to fully engage with you when you give them the gift of listening.