Are you an effective listener?  Do you interrupt someone while they are in the middle of speaking?  Do you talk more than you listen?  In conversations do you direct your full attention to the person speaking or does your mind wander and think ahead about what you want to say next?    Whether you are the person being interviewed, the interviewer, a parent, partner or friend, we have all been able to answer yes to one or more of these questions at some point in a discussion.

Try these steps to become a better listener:

1) Be attentive

2) Try to keep out distractions

3) Stop talking

4) Ask more questions

5) Repeat or clarify what you’ve just heard so that you make sure you understand what the speaker just said


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