There is one skill out there that very few people try to engage in. But, well execution leads to stronger social connections and increases your ability to solve. That makes you a more interesting individual, builds trust, and increases your effectiveness as a leader.
That skill is active listening.
I realize that listening seems like a no-brainer, and you might feel the desire to skip over this topic. If that’s what you’re feeling right now, then this is the episode you need.
Active listening isn’t as easy as you think. It’s one of those skills that can take YEARS to perfect.
I want to run through a ‘Crash Course’ on how to improve your ability to get more out of your conversations simply by being a better listener.
In this episode, we’ll cover:
- How to maintain intense attention during a conversation, especially when you are naturally distractible
- The kind of body language, eye contact, and verbal cues you need to display to show you are open to listening to what a person has to say
- The best way to empathize with the person you are talking to so they feel comfortable opening-up
- What do you need to say after they’ve completed their statement so they feel they’ve been heard and understood
- The type of detailed follow-up questions you SHOULD be asking to keep the conversation interesting and yourself well informed
- The exact cues you need to be looking for that tell you you’re doing a good job