Umm what did you say?
... so that's why I never made it to the soccer game. Did you go last night?
I thought I was listening but I guess I wasn't really paying attention.
Were you even listening when I was talking?
It sounds like you were inactive listening. This means you were physically present but mentally elsewhere (Dieker & Hines, 2014, p. 127).
I guess so. I remember learning that active listening is when you make a conscious effort to understand as well as hear the complete message being sent (Dieker & Hines, 2014, p. 129).
I'll take a look at them.
You know what? I have some listening strategies saved on my phone if you'd like to see Maybe they will help!
Listening Strategies (Dieker & Hines, p. 133) 1. Maintain eye contact with speaker. 2. Focus on what is being said and not the delivery. 3. Avoid emotional involvement by remaining objective and open-minded. 4. Treat listening as a challenging mental task. 5. Use the gap between rate of speech and rate of thought to trying to anticipate what the speaker is going to say before he/she says it. Active Listening (Dieker & Hines, 2014, p. 129) 1. Maintain eye contact. 2. Let the person speaking complete the sentence before talking. 3. Try to avoid thinking about what you will say next so that you can focus on the other person's comments. 4. Make a statement that shows the speaker you were listening.
That's great advice! I'm maintaining eye contact, waiting until you finish speaking, focusing only on what you are saying, and this is my statement to show I was listening! Thanks!
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