Listening to learn, listening to engage

There are many reasons why we might choose to indulge in the very human practice of listening, including:

a) Listening to learn.

We cannot learn from others while we are talking. As such, listening to learn puts the focus on gaining information, knowledge, insights, and so forth from those speaking to us.

b) Listening to engage.

Actively showing our interest in the speaker, with gestures, comments, and questions can be part of listening to engage. By listening carefully, we are demonstrating respect for the other person, and that goes a long way towards building engagement.

So, why do you listen? Is it to learn, to engage, or for other reasons? To share your input, leave a comment below.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Through coaching, training and writing, Brian works mainly with motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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