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2023 January 18 | by Arduino Mancini Effective communication

Keeping attention while listening is becoming increasingly difficult for all of us; conscious listening, the kind that makes us fully appreciate the speaker’s message and enables us to take appropriate action, is getting rarer and rarer.

And difficult!

For, we easily realize that people are not listening, but we are not so aware of the lack of attention we pay to others.

In the picture I have listed some of the causes that compromise the quality of conscious listening: if you agree that conscious listening has a strong influence on the quality of your life then you understand that practising it is in your interest.

During my courses on listening, I propose to participants an exercise that can help gradually regain the habit of listening and increase conscious listening.

Here is the description for you.

Keep your attention for a few minutes on identifying, one by one,
the sound sources in your surroundings.
You can do the exercise whenever you want, with a duration of 2 to 5 minutes.

The opportunities to practice in environments with multiple sound sources are many: a pub, your home, the supermarket, and a restaurant are just a few examples.

The exercise will help you to:

  • improve your ability to distinguish one sound in the presence of multiple sources;
  • improve your conscious listening and thus the attention you employ in a conversation.

I forgot: let me know what happened!


Want to know more about listening? The eLearning course Improve your listening skills can help you!

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