1. BEING AN EFFECTIVE LISTENER EDUCATES YOU!
No matter what level of education is being offered… the number of successful students and the number of unsuccessful students can be determined by which students listen effectively. In the real world and in business… we would gain a wealth of knowledge, and our day-to-day lives would be a little painless if we’d slow down, follow directions, and listen to guidance.
2. BEING AN EFFECTIVE LISTENER PROVIDES UNDERSTANDING!
As people we love to communicate, and by that I mean we talk too much. We tell people what to do, we give our opinions, and we attempt to verbally solve their problems without listening to them speak. There are 3 things that drive most people’s actions, their backgrounds, their environments, and their current circumstances. If you fail to discover them by not truly listening… then you’ll never understand anyone.
3. BEING AN EFFECTIVE LISTENER SERVES OTHERS!
You can’t be everybody’s shoulder to cry on… you don’t have the time nor energy. But for those closest to you… (without saying a word), just the simple act of listening to them express themselves, allowing them to share with you, and giving them the opportunity to simply ‘get it off their chest’… is one of the great gifts you can give to someone.