FIVE WAYS TO LISTEN BETTER
It’s relatively easy to think of ways that we can practice our speaking skills. We can stand in front of a mirror and rehearse. We record ourselves and play it back. We can visualize ourselves giving a speech. We can practice in front of a friend and solicit their feedback. But what about all those listening skills from the previous page? How can we practice those skills and our listening in general?
Watch this 2011 TED Talk by Julian Treasure where he argues that we are “losing our listening.” He gives a useful overview of the various ways we “make meaning from sound” and how advancements in communication technology and constant media distractions have lowered the premium on being good listeners. He also provides a few exercises that one can use to help strengthen their listening skills.
Reflection Question: Julian introduces five exercises to help improve your own conscious listening – silence, the mixer, savoring, listening positions, and RASA. Try one of the exercises Julian lists at the end of his talk. Which one did you choose and what was the experience like?