Active Listening


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Hearing is one thing. Listening another.  Listening is a SKILL and a CHOICE  Giving others a chance to speak is a decision, to listen to and to understand the speaker.  


When only SOME people’s ideas or suggestions are HEARD or acted upon, lets us know we aren’t valued. So it is important to encourage others in a group to join in Team discussions.


This is a founding principle here at Brindle Style and in good quality indymedia in general.  Being available and listening where worthiness or "value" is not driven only by the considerations of gaining monetary profit alone. 



Listening means not judging, not taking 'sides' or giving opinions.


Active listening involves patience. 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.


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. Appropriate responses to listening can be both verbal and non-verbal:


Beyond Prejudice - 21 tips to overcoming barriers to Listening


.Active listening exercises     Barriers     Funderstanding  


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