Listen up and hear how to advance your career. Active listening is the skill you must master for rapid career advancement. Consider your ears as VIPs—very important parts to success. Have you ever heard the phrase “success is limited by communication skills”? You probably have because it is true. Many people struggle with communication because they fail to master active listening.
Active listening is when a person fully engages with the speaker. The active listener focuses on the speaker and blocks out distractions. Good listeners sum up what they heard and ask questions for clarity. A conversation should be an easy flow of ideas and information between two parties. Avoid competing with the person you are conversing with; instead, work together to share information efficiently and accurately.
In your next conversation, challenge yourself to remember in detail what the other person told you. A great strategy is to pretend that you are a news reporter who must report concisely and accurately the story you just heard. What questions should you ask? What are the key points of the story? What did the speaker emphasize? This strategy works, so try it the next time you have a conversation and become known as a great listener.
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