Mindful listening: 10 easy tips

“Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.”- Isocrates on Goodreads.com.

Mindful Listening
As a new week is about to start, let me share some really simple but extremely important tips for effective, mindful listening with you:

  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed
  3. Keep an open mind
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions”
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback
  10. Pay attention to what is not said, to non-verbal cues

Enjoy your week!


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2 thoughts on “Mindful listening: 10 easy tips

  1. leeanndodson51

    Clear, succinct, and so very true…. I believe the skills required to be an ‘active and engaged listener’ or becoming more and more difficult to achieve. I will save this, print it out and post it in a strategic spot. Thank you!

    • Jenny Ebermann (bxljenny) Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I completely agree: most of us have to re-learn how to truly listen to somebody. Currently I am reading “Insight Dialogue” from Gegory Kramer; he explains an interesting way of engaging mindfully in interpersonal relations. Very interesting to read! Jenny

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