Are we really listening to the person speaking to us?We never think about listening as much as we think about speaking. Hearing and listening are often interchanged but are different entities. Often at home, at work or at social events, we are in a conservation, but we just hear the speaker and do seldom make an effort to listen. Even when we listen, we often listen with a preconceived mind of how to answer or rebut back at the speaker.
True listening is important as it conveys the message to the person opposite to you that yes I am interested in what you are saying, I understand and I am paying attention to the substance of your words or conversation. This automatically brings a bonding between the two people, the speaker and the listener. Now when we apply this to relationships, conversations we have with our children, friends and in our profession with colleagues and clients, it would make a world of difference and pay rich dividends by strengthening the rapport.
Next time try to remember - Hearing is physical and involuntary which just needs the hearing apparatus to be working. Listening is an art, a task of the mind and needs undivided attention.