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||
|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|
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