Poor and Good Listening
Did you know only about 25% of listeners actually grasp the central concept of the message spoken. This is significantly less if you measure only males.
Here are the characteristics of poor and good listeners.
- Wool gathers with slow speakers.
- Tunes our with dry topics.
- Easily distracted.
- Takes many notes, but misses key elements.
- Seeks out and enters arguments.
- Frustrates when listening to difficult material.
- Allows unfamiliar works to break his attention.
- Does not actively focus.
- Judges the quality of delivery.
- Listens for facts.
- Mentally evaluates the message and its supporting details.
- Seeks applicable "take away" messages.
- Concentrates beyond distractions and speaker mannerisms.
- Utilizes several note taking methods.
- Reserves judgment until comprehension is complete.
- Examines more complex information on a regular basis.
- Concentrates beyond words that are heavy in implied meaning
- Maintains good eye contact and holds body language that encourages the speaker.
- Judges based on content, not delivery.
- Listens for concepts rather than details.