Effective Listening

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How can I be a better communicator?

Effective Listening

Be a better listener by practicing the following habits:

  • Make appropriate eye contact.
  • Show interest through nonverbal signals (head nods, facial expression)
  • Avoid distracting gestures which show your mind is elsewhere
  • Ask questions
  • Paraphrase or restate what the speaker has said in your own words
  • Don't interruppt
  • Don't overtalk
  • For 2-way talk, practice making good transitions between the role of speaker and listener

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