Speech Improvement Resources
Listening Self-Assessment
  • Do you prepare yourself to be an effective listener before participating in a client, colleague or networking meeting, i.e. do you remind yourself to focus and use body language that shows interest?
  • During interactions,do you ask open-ended questions to show the speaker your interest?
  • Do you mentally and physically focus on what others are saying even when the conversation is contentious?
  • Are you preoccupied or distracted in conversations because you are thinking of what you want to say?
  • Have you considered what your body language and vocal tone communicates to others?
  • Have you thought about the importance your listening plays in your professional and personal success?
  • Would you like to become a skilled listener to increase, improve and be a more effective listener? If so, read up on the subject, attend workshops or consult with a communications coach. Even if you put small efforts toward improving your listening, noticeable changes can result.

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