Active Listening


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Hearing is one thing. Listening is another.  YOU must give others a chance to speak. Make this a decision, to listen to and to understand a speaker.  Listening is a SKILL and a CHOICE.


When only SOME people’s ideas or suggestions are HEARD or acted upon, this lets indicates to us that we aren’t valued. So it is important to encourage others to join discussions.


This making common ground for ALL to communicate is a founding principle here at Brindle Style and of quality indymedia in general.  Being available and listening - worthiness or "value" is not driven only by profit margins. Listening means not judging, not taking 'sides' or giving opinions.

Active listening involves patience. Give the speaker your full attention. PAUSES and SILENCE are to be expected and accepted. Not met with a bunch of comments or questions every time there is a gap. This gives the speaker a reflective time. So they can explore their thoughts and feelings.


Make eye contact. 

Maybe take notes to remind you of what is being said. 

Ask questions and listen to the answers.

Mirror back what the speaker said.

Active listening involves showing the speaker verbal and non-verbal SIGNS of listening. Like nodding or smiling. Generally speakers want listeners to demonstrate ‘active' listening by responding appropriately to what they are saying.  



Beyond Prejudice - 21 tips to overcoming barriers to Listening


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