In today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking world, active listening seems to be at an all-time low. According to this Forbes article, “even when we think we are listening, we usually only have about 50% of our brain tuned in.” We might be thinking about our next conversation or an email to respond to, and this lack of attentive listening is affecting our ability to Connect with the information we’re receiving and with the people in the room.
To be more present, what if we took a few minutes before an important conversation or meeting to craft a listening plan? This process of thinking about our goals and aim for each conversation will give our listening “intention, structure and purpose.”
This piece reminds us that “hearing is mechanical, and listening is intentional. Listening means gaining awareness about the language, beliefs, assumptions and perceptions of others.” By using our natural curiosity and creating a listening plan, we are making an effort to be more purposeful in the way we listen and Connect, and will ultimately build a strong relationship.