When we listen to someone, the idea is that we’re creating a safe space for them to communicate into. If you’re going to do that, you want to be a really good listener. Listening shows you care. Listening shows your respect. Listening shows that you respect and care about the person that's speaking to you.
If you're not a good listener and someone in your life wants to communicate a problem they have, what’s going to happen? That person is going to walk away from you, and they’ll still have the problem – maybe you weren’t the right person for them to talk to – and perhaps they’ll think that maybe you don't care about them. Is that what you want?
So, work on your listening skills. We’ve got two ears, and only one mouth, for a reason: so we can listen twice as much as we speak! Be a great listener today. This week. This month. This year. Work on your listening skills. If you’re a good listener, it shows you respect and care about the person that's sharing whatever they're sharing with you.
Okay? I'll work on my listening skills and you work on your listening skills.
You never know when being a good listener will make a world of difference to someone!