Rate Your Listening

By | January 22, 2017

Ever wonder why we have two ears and only one mouth? Yes, we could all listen more and talk less. But are we any good at listening? Rate your listening in under 5 minutes by completing this exercise.




Almost Never 0  

Seldom 3




Usually 7

Almost Always 10
1.Open to ideas that are of no personal interest.
2.Genuine attention to the speaker vs. faking attention (daydreaming)
3.Address difficult content in a timely manner.
4.Avoid tolerating or creating distractions.
5.Avoid re-creating negative past experiences with a person.
6.Explore feelings rather than remaining with “safe” topics.
7.Staying focused vs. getting distracted by some point within the speech.
8.Avoid letting bias or prejudice interfere.
9.State your feelings, not your judgments.
10.Actively use non-verbal information.  
Total each column and then put the sum of this row (sum of all columns) in the final box. TOTAL SCORE

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Interpretation of score:

90 and above Extraordinary Listener
80 – 90 Very Good Listener
70 – 80 Good Listener
Below 70 Could Use Listening Training

I hope you have enjoyed this exercise and if you have any questions about this post or any of my other posts, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Here is a link to my profile.

All the best!

Miles – Personal and Professional Coach


6 thoughts on “Rate Your Listening

  1. ht

    I just barely made it as a good listener. This is very practical and useful tool. Thanks for developing this and sharing it together with us. I would like to ask what if a person suffers from hearing difficulties caused by overexposure to loud music when young. Would that affect how a person fare in a test like yours? And how can one out into perspective if one should go for hearing training?

    1. admin

      Hi there and thanks for taking the time to review and complete the exercise. As a first step, you may want to obtain medical advice to determine if you have hearing difficulties resulting from the over exposure to loud music. In my experience, becoming a better listener can occur from a state of mindfulness and practice. Use the feedback from your result to practice and then complete the exercise periodically (perhaps monthly) and I’m sure you will see an improved score.

      Do you think this recommendation is worth pursuing?


      1. ht

        Yes, I will look out for some medical advice. As for the periodic exercise, sounds like a good idea too.

        1. Miles Post author

          Sounds good. I would be very interested in hearing how the practice goes.



  2. Ann

    I should take this exercise to staff meetings-it nearly drives me insane when I try to listen and people are talking.
    Great work,

    1. Miles Post author

      Hi Ann,

      I hear you and I hope others will consider how this exercise might be used to improve communication, collaboration and the bottom line!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.



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