Essay on Effective Listening Strategies

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Most all human beings utilize some form of effective listening strategy throughout every conversation they are faced with. On the one hand it is accurate to say that all humans attain knowledge by employing effective listening strategies; however, not everyone gains information from the same strategies. No matter what culture one comes from, in order to attain information from conversations, one must seek and apply fundamentals from a list of effective listening strategies. One of the most common lists of listening strategies happens to be focused towards business listeners. “The human brain is built for conversation, but we achieve better results when we think strategically about listening and make a few simple, deliberate choices that…show more content…
“The first purpose for a conversation is to exchange information (Business, 2005).” In many conversations you will be talking about what someone needs, or is offering; you may also be trying to figure out whether someone else has complementary offerings or needs. “The second purpose for having a conversation is to build working relationships (Business, 2005).” People who know and respect one another often work together more effectively. “Personal style can make an enormous difference in a conversation (Business, 2005).” Developing and maintaining positive personal relationships can be one of the most important components of customer-supplier conversations, employer-employee conversations, networking conversations, team communication, and more. “The third purpose for condoning a conversation is to attain good feelings from the conversation for you and others involved in the conversation (Business, 2005).” Having an enjoyable and/or productive conversation can make you feel valuable, respected, and even liked. Now that the first step is attained you are ready for the second step. The second step in making you more effective in everyday conversations is to be aware of your choices. “At risk of stating the obvious, in conversations people generally take turns talking and listening (Business, 2005).” Effective listeners are fully conscious of making a decision each time they decide to talk or to let someone else talk. “If you haven't already, you can develop this
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