Listening to learn. You might think to yourself, “How hard can that be? I listened to the teacher when I was in school, and I graduated so I had to learn. Right!” Well, its not quite like that. Sure you listened in class, but did you really listen in class. I’m in school right now and I know how easy it is to let your mind wander…”What’s for dinner? When’s the next break?” etc… How many times did you get called on and you didn’t know the answer? Think about it…
Enough about school, besides, that is the easy part. I’m writing to give you a real challenge. Listening to learn, but not quite, listening to people to learn from people. What’s the point of listening to someone if not to learn from that someone? When you are listening to someone tell a story about their dog, you are listening to learn about their dog, right?
To get relationships you must learn about that person first, to see if you would make good friends. And how is the only way you can learn about this person? You guessed it!!! You listen to them. OK fine, there are other ways to learn about someone, but all other ways are just creepy, so this is what I suggest.
Now do you feel more challenged? I sure hope so! When you listen to someone it shows that you care, it says that whatever is for dinner is less important than the story of their German Shepard. You want people to care about whatever it is that you want to tell them, am I right? Well, just think of the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Listen to others the way you would want others to listen to you.
I’m going to give you a little hint on how to start listening like you never thought you could. “Don’t come up with your response until the person is totally finished with what they are saying.” My dad taught me that! I know that it might be hard, but I also know that you are quite capable of doing it, so Good Luck!!!