8 Questions to Increase your Motivation for Listening

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If you want to be a good listener, you have to want to be a good listener.

It takes practice to nurture the skills that heighten your listening skills. You have to have the proper motivation for listening.  Below are some questions to ask yourself when you find your motivation to listen slipping.

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Ask yourself each question, and be honest in your answer.

  • Am I just pretending to listen . . .when I should be listening?
  • Am I seeking distractions . . .when I should be listening?
  • Am I criticizing the speaker . . .when I should be listening?
  • Have I stereotyped the topic as uninteresting . . .when I should be listening?
  • Have I prejudged the meaning and intent of the speaker’s message . . .when I should be listening?
  • Am I avoiding the speaker’s more difficult or complex topics . . .when I should be listening?
  • Am I formulating answers and follow-on questions during the speaker’s presentation . . .when I should be listening?
  • Am I getting emotionally charged-up about some minor point the speaker made . . .when I should be listening?

If you find yourself answering yes to more than a couple of the above, its time to refocus your attention and listen to what the speaker has to say.

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